Saturday 21 October 2017

DJ Alison Curtis leads tributes to Today FM's Tony Fenton on his second anniversary

Alison Curtis led tributes to her late friend Tony Fenton on Today FM on Sunday
Alison Curtis led tributes to her late friend Tony Fenton on Today FM on Sunday
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Friends, colleagues and fans paid tribute to the late, great Tony Fenton to mark the second anniversary of the legendary presenter's death.

DJ Alison Curtis presented a show on Sunday, dedicated to the presenter, who passed away in March 2015 following a five-year battle with cancer.

Tony Fenton at work in Today FM
Tony Fenton at work in Today FM

Speaking on Today FM Alison said she feels privileged to have known Tony but said that it made his loss even harder to accept.

"I was really, really lucky to consider him a friend and I was very, very lucky to work so closely with him during his final years. Every time I worked with him, he really inspired me to do my best and to do my show better and I really, really consider it a privilege to have had him in my life. I cared about him so much it hurt so much to lose him. We're thinking about him today, we're thinking about his family and we're thinking about all the listeners who loved him as well," she said.

Tony (whose real name was Anthony Fagan) grew up in Glasnevin and began his career with a mobile disco with Barry Lang and fellow Today FM DJ Ian Dempsey.

Ian Dempsey, who had worked with Tony since the pair were teenagers, said he was thinking of his late friend two years on and wished he could still call on Tony for a pint.

"I know who I'd rather have a pint with today," the Today FM presenter tweeted alongside a photograph of his pal.

Rick O'Shea said the fun-loving Tony was "still missed" in the halls of Today FM, while Radio Nova presenter Peter Devlin also paid tribute to the late star of Irish radio.

Speaking on Sunday, Alison said the many 'Tony stories' she hears on a regular basis is testament to a life well-lived.

"It's very hard to believe that it's two years ago today that we lost him. Everyone has a Tony story and that means to me that he lived his live very, very well. He had such an impact on everyone who knew him even briefly or deeply. He is a massive loss to his family and friends, it goes without saying, but he's a massive loss to listeners as well," she said.

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