'We'll miss you dearly dude' - Tony Fenton's Today FM colleagues pay tribute to the legendary presenter
Tony Fenton's Today FM colleagues have released a statement in the wake of the death of the much-loved presenter.
The 53-year old radio legend, who passed away last night after a five year cancer battle, is remembered by his colleagues as one of radio and entertainment's "brightest lights" and a "giant of radio".
A statement issued by the station reads, "Today FM and the world of radio and entertainment has lost one of its brightest lights, Tony Fenton.
"For over 30 years Tony lit up the airwaves and was one of Ireland’s most admired and respected radio hosts, unmatched in his knowledge of and passion for music.
"Tony inspired his colleagues and listeners with his positivity, and his velvety-smooth voice was one of the most recognisable on air."
It continued to chart the broadcaster's successes, "Tony joined Today FM in the afternoons in August 2004, starting off his brand new show with Snow Patrol’s ‘Spitting Games’.
"His passion for music and radio was rewarded in 2008 when he scooped the PPI Radio Award for Music Broadcaster of The Year in Kilkenny.
"Last September, after a decade at Today FM, Tony was honoured for his skill, passion and love for radio at a ceremony in Dublin in which he was welcomed into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame.
"A giant in Irish radio, Tony interviewed all the big names in music from Arcade Fire, Liam Gallagher and Jessie J to Al Green, Carly Simon and Tinie Tempah.
“Tony, from all your friends and colleagues in Today FM: we’ll miss you dearly dude”.
Fellow broadcasters and names from the world of music have taken to social media to pay their own tributes: