Radio stations pay tribute to Sir Terry Wogan
Radio stations across the UK and Ireland have been broadcasting tributes to Sir Terry Wogan, who died this weekend.
The news was first announced during the 9am news on BBC Radio 2, where Mark Goodier was on stand-by with a special tribute show in place of the pre-recorded Steve Wright Sunday Love Songs programme.
Here’s how Mark introduced the show:
BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and 5 live had guests a plenty paying tributes throughout the day, including Lord Grade and Helen Boaden on BBC Radio 4, plus Simon Mayo and Tony Blackburn on 5 live.
In his native Ireland, where Terry started his radio career, presenter Gay Byrne pays tribute speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1:
RTÉ wrote up a great tribute on its website, and will air Terry Wogan’s interview with Gay Byrne on The Meaning of Life at 10.35pm on RTÉ One.
Here’s a clip from The World at One with Alan Dedicoat and Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 4:
And here’s Ken Bruce chatting with Richard Madeley about “those brilliant morning handovers between himself and Sir Terry.”:
Tributes will continue during the next 24 hours, with 5 live breakfast planning to look back at his life and career from 6.30am Monday.
Terry was a big supporter of hospital radio, even though he never joined one himself. He was a patron of the Hospital Broadcasting Association for over a decade and supported their annual ‘broadcasting week’ and awards. June Snowden, President of the HBA has paid this tribute today: “I and all hospital broadcasters everywhere are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and the wonderful broadcaster, Sir Terry Wogan.
“He was the Patron of the Hospital Broadcasting Association for many years for which we were very grateful and he will always be remembered with affection. He was an inspiration to so many and will be sadly missed. As President of the Hospital Broadcasting Association I and some of my national committee colleagues had the privilege of visiting him at the BBC Radio 2 Studio enabling us to sit in on his programme on at least a couple of occasions.”
And Sir Terry has had a number of jingles over the years for his radio programmes – which have been celebrated in montage form here by Robin Blamires.