Wogan – the end of an era

It seems to me that Terry Wogan achieved the almost impossible in his BBC career.

He – along with his morning show – actually got better as he got older and how many broadcasters can you say that about?

He surely went out with a bang this morning and getting references to ‘golden showers’ into the last Janet and John story was a stroke of subversive genius.

In fact, that sums up the guy very well – subversive.

When Wossy and Russell get turfed off the airwaves for allowing the word ‘fuck‘ to be said on air – in a pre-recorded show – Wogan stayed broadcasting because he was far cleverer than that. He allowed the listener to fill in the ‘fucks’ for themselves. So, this morning – live and without any interference from the BBC Trust – he left the right gaps so that I and other listeners could ‘say’ ‘fuckers‘ for him.

Furthermore, Wogan wasn’t afraid to upset his bosses at the BBC by speaking out on various matters such as the Urinevision Song Contest and kushy jobs at the Corporation.

Then, there was the unfortunate trousers incident

I’ll come clean now and say that I wasn’t one of Wogan’s most regular listeners, but if he was on and I was up early enough, I’d tune in and listen avidly. I usually did this whilst driving and I’m sure I wasn’t the only motorist who nearly went off the road when fictional correspondents like ‘General Mafeking-Headhurts’ were quoted.

As Ken Bruce said straight after the last minute of Wogan’s final morning show, we will never see his like again.

Thank you, Terry, for some genuinely funny moments and top quality entertainment.

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One Response

  1. I started listening during his first morning stint, in the 70s, ’til he gave it up in the mid-80s. I missed him greatly and was thrilled when he reappeared on the morning show, his natural habitat, in the early 90s.

    He was subversive – but talented to such a dgree that he made the comments in a seemingly innocent way. Wogan made you feel that, as a listener, you were ‘one of the gang’.

    A giant, in fact unique, amongst broadcasters. We shall, indeed, never see his like again.

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