Sir Terry Wogan, KBE, was well known for his radio and television work – most memorably his early morning radio show “Wake Up With Wogan” which had over 8 million regular listeners.
He was seen as a national treasure to many. A personality that almost everyone knew and loved. Here are just a few highlights of his career:
Children In Need
Sir Terry was a charitable man and was the face of the much loved Children In Need; a charity which Provides practical and lasting support to thousands of youngsters aged 18 and under. He hosted the famous Children In Need TV event annually and was always extremely passionate about the charity. This is what he said when asked about stopping presenting the show:
I’m used to long days. I do seven hours on my feet of live TV for Children in Need every year, so the day I can’t stand up is when I will stop doing it.
I’d love to keep going another 10 years, I’ll cling to the wreckage as long as I can.
I’m supposed to be retiring, but I’m not. I have no plans to retire – they’ll have to carry me off stage.
This British comedy game show was first broadcast 1979. Two contestants went head-to-head. The objective was to match the answers of as many of the six celebrity panellists as possible. It ran until march 1990 and it was then revived in 1997 and was on air for another 5 years but instead hosted by Paul O’Grady. Wogan presented Blankety Blank for 4 years (1979 – 1983).
Wake Up To Wogan
From 7:30 to 9:30 listeners would tune in daily for the best music and entertainment. This was the most popular and most listened to radio show in the UK which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2. His show ran from 1993 until 2009 when Sir Terry Wogan announced he would be leaving and that Chris Evans would be taking his place.
There were many chat shows that Sir Terry hosted, probably the most well-known of these was ‘Wogan’. Initially shown on Tuesday evenings it then replaced Parkinson’s Saturday night slot before finally being shown on weekday evenings at 7pm. Notable Guest hosts included Joanna Lumley and Bruce Forsyth with interviewees such as David Bowie, Cilla Black, Madonna, Nicolas Cage and many more.
Sir Terry Wogan has been featured on many other shows throughout his career. For example Top Gear, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Being Human, Pointless, Bang Goes The Theory and The One Show.
Rest In Peace Sir Michael Terence Wogan, KBE, DL
“The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.”