Sunday 28 May 2017

Golden Gogan gets his just award after 50 years

2fm DJ Larry Gogan shows his youngest fan, 13- month-old Joshua Harman, his Outstanding Achievement Award 2010 which will be formally presented at the annual PPI Radio Awards tomorrow
2fm DJ Larry Gogan shows his youngest fan, 13- month-old Joshua Harman, his Outstanding Achievement Award 2010 which will be formally presented at the annual PPI Radio Awards tomorrow

Shane Hickey

AFTER 50 years, broadcaster Larry Gogan has finally got the nod of approval from his colleagues.

The 2fm 'Just a Minute Quiz' host will be awarded a lifetime achievement award tomorrow for his half century on the decks.

But he has found himself embarrassed by the praise after he joined the ranks of Jimmy Magee, Marian Finucane and Gay Byrne.

"It embarrasses me. I never thought that I was doing anything special. I always wanted to be a DJ from the time I used to hear them on Radio Luxembourg when I used to listen to them as a young fellow," he said.

Gogan was the first person to appear on 2fm when it was launched on May 31, 1979, and put 'Like Clockwork' by the Boomtown Rats on air as the first record.

Next year, he will celebrate his 50th anniversary in radio where he is most famous for his 'Golden Hour'.

However, he says that he has no plans to retire. "If you look over in England, they are all still going. If your voice keeps going, you are fine on radio," he said.

The award will be presented officially at the annual PPI radio awards.

Why we're still wild about larry: page 44

Irish Independent

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