Sunday 11 December 2016

Was Wogan last of the broadcasting icons? When everybody is a star, it's hard to shine

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

'At its peak, Wogan’s legendary Radio 2 morning show was the biggest radio programme in Europe and when he finally brought the mic down on his last broadcast back in 2009, he was still pulling in an average audience of 8 million.' Photo: PA
'At its peak, Wogan’s legendary Radio 2 morning show was the biggest radio programme in Europe and when he finally brought the mic down on his last broadcast back in 2009, he was still pulling in an average audience of 8 million.' Photo: PA

If the month that has just passed will be remembered for anything, it will surely be for the unusually high number of celebrities who died.

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The deaths of Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), Abe Vigoda (Sal Tessio from 'The Godfather') and Dale Griffin (of '70s rock band Mott The Hoople), raised an eyebrow of recognition and memory of childhood, but the demise of Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, David Bowie and now Terry Wogan made a larger dent in the public consciousness.

Nobody wants to engage in a ghoulish posthumous competition for who was the most popular, but the spontaneous eruptions of genuine grief following the deaths of Bowie and Wogan were an accurate and fitting indicator of the esteem, and even awe, in which they were both held.

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