Tributes Flood In As Sir Terry Wogan Prepares To Quit

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  1. By Rachael Wheeler, 17/12/2009

    As Sir Terry Wogan prepares for his final show on BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show, his colleagues today paid tribute to his years as the UK's most listened-to broadcaster.

    Here is a selection of their thoughts on the radio host who has spent a total of 27 years in charge of the Breakfast Show:

    :: Stuart Maconie: "As a tiny child in the frozen North, the knocker-upper's abrupt rapping would rouse me from slumbers and it would be downstairs for the morning family ritual of thin gruel by the sputtering peat heart, a cheerless repast but turned into a feast by the warm and wonderful conviviality emanating from the radio. 'Who is that' I would ask, eyes aglow with wonderment and my silver-haired granny would reply 'That my, boy is, Terry Wogan, a fellow of rare charm and humour from the old country'. His name is writ large in the warp and weft of broadcasting's colourful tapestry.

    "If she had known that one day her tiny charge would not only meet the great man but share a curry with him at eight o'clock in the morning, her slight frame would have swelled with pride.

    "Almost none of the above is true. Apart from sharing a curry at ungodly hours with Sir Tel, a happy by-product of sitting in for Ken Bruce. In fact, I have even occupied the great man's breakfast chair myself, a fact which, all joking aside, I am as proud of as anything I have ever done. To be considered even a half-fit stand-in for Terry Wogan is a real compliment. Because Terry is the Don of broadcasters. He makes it look easy, which it isn't. Not to be as good at it as him anyway.”

    :: Jeremy Vine: "This is the biggest moment in Radio 2's recent history, and I hesitated over whether the word 'recent' was even necessary.

    "Terry started on his show when I was seven. I remember listening at the breakfast table on cold school mornings with the sound turned down very low, because I didn't want to disturb my dad's breakfast on the other side of the table. Terry was solidly mainstream while I was in my teenage/punk phase, which only really ended when I left Newsnight and joined R2 myself. So I missed the mid-section of his career and then suddenly found myself in the same office. When I encountered him he was everything you imagine from his on-air persona - deeply courteous, very friendly, quick, very funny, self-deprecating and above all happy to make you feel you're worth passing the time with.”

    :: Fran Godfrey (Sir Terry's former newsreader): "I worked as Terry's newsreader for 15 years and I found him to be an intensely private man with an unequalled and protective love for his wife and family. He was hugely kind to me.

    "I produced a couple of small religious books and Terry - no doubt defying all the rules - gave them a good plug. When I hosted a schools concert at the Albert Hall, Terry was the one to record a piece introducing me, as well as writing of me in glowing terms in the printed programme. My mother - God rest her - used to feature in some of our 'banter', and Terry was generous enough not only to meet her, but to treat us to coffee at a smart hotel: Mum was so thrilled.”

    :: John "Boggy" Marsh (newsreader and inspiration of the infamous Janet and John stories): "He sounds a nice guy on the radio, the sort you would want to count as a friend - warm, generous, witty. And then you meet him for real. And you discover he really is is all of those things. How often does that happen? Well on Radio 2 - actually - a fair number of times. But Terry is a bit special.”

    :: Steve Wright: "Terry is a unique broadcaster - clever, witty, charming, and mischievous, all at the same time. There's no side, he's not an egomaniac, and does it because he enjoys broadcasting, and loves the people he broadcasts to. He's been a great mentor to me, and so many other radio and TV broadcasters through the decades. And on top of that he knows some good jokes. And being Irish, has got some great tall tales and stories. If I qualified, I too would be a TOG."

    :: Emma Forbes: "Terry Wogan is quite simply a legend. Someone I have listened to and admired since I was little. He has that natural wit and humour and the good old Irish charm, that has always made him a joy to listen to. Many a morning I have been laughing out loud on the school run listening to him doing his Janet and John stories."

    :: Mark Goodier: "Not only has Terry been loved by the audience, he is genuinely loved and admired by his colleagues too. I remember when I deputised on Ken Bruce's show, and I was terrified because I knew that if he wanted to he could tie me in knots during the handover - but he never did. He is so comfortable and confident as a broadcaster that unlike many others, he is giving and generous on the air. And off the air it's the same. What you see is what you hear, is what you get - a one-off, a once-in-a-lifetime radio talent.”

    :: Janice Long: "I was a teenager when I first got into Terry. My Mum used to rave about him and even though I found the music 'dead boring', I loved him. He has always had that gift of warmth and it feels as though he is in the room talking to you and not at you.”

    :: Richard Allinson: "He gets it. He said to me once 'people either like you or they don't' and people like Terry. He listens to his listener. And Terry is loyal to his listener. All 8 million of them.”

    :: Lynn Bowles (Sir Terry's travel presenter): "I can never do justice to the talents of Terry Wogan; where could I possibly begin? I feel like I'm in an 'arms race' of superlatives when I try to describe him. The trouble is they all apply to him. No one touches his effortless ability as a broadcaster, and I think I may even miss him throwing biscuits at me whilst I broadcast."

    :: Mark Radcliffe: "I remember sitting next to Terry at the Sony Awards once and feeling like I was a 'made man' in the Mafia as countless radio foot soldiers came up to pay homage to the 'Godfather' and kiss his ring.”

  2. Arse kissing at Aunty Beeb, whatever next!
  3. That's just filled Private Eye's OBN (Order of the Brown Nose) column for a year.
  4. Fcuk him.
  5. Wogan fact;
    He is extremely self conscious about the size of his ears, hence his persistance with the 70s hair do to cover them.
    You will never see a picture of him with shorter hair or hair behind his ears.
  6. Quelle Surpirse!

    Giving up your nationality for a gong: Priceless
    For everything else . . . . .

    I heard it could catch on . . .

    . . Not yet! :wink:
  7. Can't stand Wogan's breakfast show, too much him prattling on for my mind. Interestingly he's the only one who gets paid for Children In Need, greedy b'stard.
  8. "A great broadcaster, raconteur and wit. His mix of wisdom and whimsy will live on forever in the annals of broadcasting history. He will be sadly miss...what's that? He isn't dead? Feck him then, the pointless Fenian twerp!"
  9. Did he jump or was he pushed! Over paid twat.

    The sooner the fucking Beeb stop wasting our money the better :x
  10. You miserable buggers! Sir Terence has been a part of my life first thing in the morning for as long as I can remember and he has been outstanding. I crept off and sat in my car to listen to the last hour of his last Breakfast Show this morning and felt bereft at 0930hrs.

    Long live Sir Terry and long live the Togs!!
  11. I have to admit that I have had to pull over whilst driving on more than one occasion when he has been reading the Janet and John stories.
  12. I love him!!!
  13. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    I agree. Truly the end of an era. Was forced to listen by my parents, and forced my own son to listen. The humour suited me down to the ground, although some of the music was not always to my taste.

    I do NOT look forward to t he Ginger Whinger shouting and posturing in the mornings, and will probably change my allegiance to Planet Rock unless he changes his style considerably.

    I would have preferred Richard Allinson, Lisa Tarbuck or even Simon Mayo as a replacement, but Chris fecking Evans, for Gawd's sake! Do they WANT to lose listeners?
  14. Come on, we are talking about a bloke who sold-out his own nationality so he could have a knighthood.
    money and fame were his masters............

    my only regret is we now have to have the Ginger twat 8O
  15. He did one last one today set in a Curry house about Golden Showers - I thought I was going to pish myself!