Sir Terry Wogan dies

Posted 31 January 2016, 4.39am est


The BBC is reporting that Sir Terry Wogan has died. He was 77.

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Terry Wogan's career started in the UK in 1966, after a short few years working for Irish broadcaster RTÉ. He became a permanent fixture on the schedule of Radio 2 in 1969, and took over the breakfast show in 1972, where he stayed until a break for television in 1984.

Returning to the Radio 2 breakfast show in 1993, he remained on-air until the end of 2009. Until a few months ago, he broadcast a weekly programme for the network.

Wogan was also an accomplished chat show interviewer, presenter of game shows, and commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest. He was also one of the main hosts for the BBC's charity Children in Need.

Sir Terry Wogan was a legendary radio broadcaster - and we'd love to hear your memories of his programmes below. Please do leave a comment for others to remember him by.


3 years, 9 months ago

I believe there will be many presenters who if only in a small way, wished they had just a single tenth of the wit, charm and devilishly clever humour of Terry Wogan.

His final speech on the Radio 2 breakfast show brought a tear to my eye because to me it showed in a nutshell all that was great about him. Funny, warm, confident and ultimately human. There was no fake veneer or gloss about his on air style, just a very real, very nice man who I felt was always one step ahead of the game, the guest or the link. He seemed in total control of what he was doing and could handle any situation or eventuality.

A diamond encrusted master of his job. What a sad loss.

Carl Ashwin - Wessex FM

3 years, 9 months ago

I listened, first, to Wogan while being driven to primary school. He was an ever-present accompaniment down narrow Somerset roads, on mediumwave, in a green Vauxhall Corvette.

While working at the BBC in 2008, I developed a habit of doing meetings with external suppliers in the BBC Club. At the bottom of the BBC Radio 2 building, it did a good cup of coffee, felt exclusive to the external supplier, and felt like a cool breeze of freedom to me.

One day, Terry Wogan wandered in. He sat down, and quietly read a paper: immaculate in a jacket, tie, handkerchief. Polite to the staff, and polite to those he was meeting, when he was perhaps the best-known name the BBC had at the time.

He had no arrogance and it appears he was a pleasure to work with. His programme was interactive media before we knew to call it that. (And, often, awfully rude - but in a clever way.)

It's a sad day.

3 years, 9 months ago

Here's how Sir Terry signed-off from the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in December 2009:

“This is it then this is the day I have been dreading, the morning when you and I come to the parting of the ways, the last Wake Up To Wogan. It wasn’t always thus. For the first 12 years it was the plain old Terry Wogan Show and you were all Twits, the Terry Wogan is Tops Society.

“When I returned to the bosom of the family you all became Togs, Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals. It’s always been a source of enormous pride to me that you have come together in my name, that you are proud to call yourself my listeners, that you think of me as a friend, someone that you are close enough to laugh with, to poke fun at and just occasionally when the world seemed just a little too cruel, to shed a tear with.

“The years together with you have not only been a pleasure but a privilege. You have allowed me to share your lives with you. When you tell me how important I have been in your lives it’s very moving, you have been every bit as important in mine.

“We have been though at least a couple of generations together, for many of you your children like mine have children of their own.

“Your support for Children In Need has been consistent and magnificent… If anybody embodies the generous, warm spirit of this country it’s you, my listeners.

“I am not going to pretend that this is not a sad day – you can probably hear it in my voice – I am going to miss the laughter and the fun of our mornings together. I know you are going to welcome Chris Evans with the same generosity of spirit that you have shown me.

“I am going to miss you, until we are together again in February have a happy Christmas. Thank you, thank you for being my friend.”

3 years, 9 months ago

In the early 80's I was a maintenance engineer at BBC Radio and one morning the supervisor (man with clipboard) sent me to the studio whilst Terry Wogan was on the air; half the mixing desk had failed and he couldn't easily swap studio because the one next door was being refurbished. So I sat at his feet under the desk fixing the broken half whilst he broadcast from the working channels, I think he had mic and grams working. Whilst playing records he chatted to me in a friendly relaxed way, asking about my interests and family whilst I was fiddling with the wiring. As each record neared its end he would say something like "hang on, Rupert, i have to talk to my other listener for a couple of minutes", open the mic for the link, close it and carry on his conversation with me. I could detect no difference between his on-air persona and the man with the mic fader closed, he seemed a really nice guy who was interested in people and music, and was an utterly professional broadcaster.

3 years, 9 months ago

Like James C, my memories of Wogan begin in the 90s with his return to breakfast, again being driven to school. It's almost certainly what got me into radio.

Incidentally, one of the reasons we now have Australia in Eurovision is because they took the show with Terry's commentary starting with the 1983 show, only employing their own team when Terry quit in 2008.

3 years, 9 months ago

A true original broadcaster. No-one could come near to the closeness which Terry had with his 'listener'.

His programmes always a dialogue with his listener.

A highlight for me were the hilarious change overs between Radio 2 shows in the 70s when dear Ray Moore used to precede Terry.

3 years, 9 months ago

I didn't get to know about Terry Wogan until the awful chat show on BBC One, which wasn't showing him to the best of his abilities, which was a blip of an otherwise outstanding career.

However, Eurovision commentaries, Children in Need and Radio 2 showed how as Chris Evans called him the "Eric Morecambe" of radio showed how much of a natural gift he had for the medium.

I wasn't in R2's target audience, but I'd listen to Wake up to Wogan during the noughties which was an excellent alternative to brash commercial breakfast shows thanks to Terry's self-deprecating humour. Janet and John innuendo laden stories and Ken Bruce handovers were a must listen.

3 years, 9 months ago

I woke up on Sunday morning and had a quick look at Twitter. I saw a post about Terry Wogan but not about him dying. I looked further and there it was, an article about his death.

I, probably like many in the radio industry went to have a look at the news channels and watched his last video of him signing off his Radio 2 show. I am not afraid to say that at that point I had a tear in my eye. I know this because my girlfriend found it for me.

I didn't always listen to Terry, but when I did it was always like an oasis of calm and collectiveness. I used to find it amazing that one man could just do a breakfast show by talking with his listeners without the clutter of many morning programmes.

David Lloyd sums up everything I think was great about Sir Terry in his blog:

3 years, 9 months ago

I Think Chris Evans..Alan Deddicott And Others but espically Chris Showed Their Professionship On The One Show Special Broadcast On BBC1 On Monday 1st Feb 2016. Chris is a absolutly brilliant Broadcaster/Presenter/Dj/Producer/Exec.Producer/Media Conglomerate/Etc Etc...And he spoke from the heart on every word he said about Sir Tell....And Reading the passage from Tel's Family...Oh my...Not a dry eye in the house...We Lost A Member Of Our Family This Week...He Will Be Sorely Missed.....R.I.P Sir Terry Wogan.

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