Saturday 23 March 2019

Tony Fenton: Former colleagues at RTÉ bemoan the loss of 'true radio pioneer'

Tony Fenton. Photo: Ronan Lang/Feature File
Tony Fenton. Photo: Ronan Lang/Feature File
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

RTÉ has issued a statement following the death of radio presenter Tony Fenton.

The legendary presenter, who passed away last night at the age of 53 after a five year battle with prostate cancer, had worked at RTE 2FM for 18 years before defecting to Today FM in 2004.

The statement, issued by Jim Jennings, MD RTÉ Radio, bemoans the loss of a "true radio pioneer".

"We are deeply saddened by the news that our friend and former colleague Tony Fenton has passed away," it reads.

"Tony joined RTÉ 2fm in 1985 and very quickly established himself as one of the great 2fm DJs and a true radio pioneer.

"He had two very successful decades on 2fm and brought so much enthusiasm and professionalism to the station.

"He was a huge supporter of Irish music and new bands, and is probably best remembered for the programmes ‘Hotline’, and the Top 30 Chart Show and his catch phrase ‘You’re the Winner’. 

"Tony was always larger than life and the ultimate showman – he at his happiest when he was in studio when that red light went on.

"We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Tony’s family, friends and colleagues. He is a big loss to Irish broadcasting and will be greatly missed."

Tony's most recent colleagues at Today FM also issued a statement this afternoon.

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