Steve Wright left his last BBC Radio 2 afternoon show with Queen’s Radio Ga Ga, when he parted ways after 23 years.
The 68-year-old broadcaster, who announced he would be leaving the show in July as part of the station’s schedule, thanked listeners “from the bottom of my heart”.
He has performed Steve Wright’s song In The Afternoon on Radio 2 since 1999 and also presents Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs online.
Scott Mills, who has left BBC Radio 1 after 24 years at the network, is taking over the 2pm-4pm position.
In the show’s finale, Wright said: “I’m very happy today for the success of the show and I want to thank everyone who’s been on this show – guests, celebrities , authors, politicians, professionals, they all come to studio 6B and have been wildly successful.
“Most of all, I want to say thank you for listening from the bottom of my heart, if you have listened at any time in the last 23 years, me and the team really don’t know how to thank you. you enough, and needless to say I love you and we’ve shared a few tears over the past few weeks. “
Wright also thanked “legendary TV man and former BBC Radio 2 driver” Jim Moir, who “gave me a gig on Radio 2 and let me get on with it, with the phrase word, whatever you do, Wrighty, don’t” don’t frighten the horses. “
He ended his show by saying, “In our final moments, some tunes we love,” before playing Quarterflash’s Harden My Heart and Queen’s Radio Ga Ga.
The DJ kicked off his final 2-way BBC Radio show on Friday and said there’s “no stress here, just fun, celebration and thank you.
“I will try to do my normal jobs because I don’t want to be fragmented. I don’t want to be a bit but I can. “
The veteran presenter also delivered an emotional personal speech, thanking his “dear, smashed and loyal listeners”.
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“Thank you if you have ever seen your way to listen to us over the past 23 years at any time. Thank you, thank you and thank you again,” he said.
“As corny as it sounds, I quite like the way we have all helped each other through some of the problems that are going on together, the pandemic, the financial downturn, the ups and downs of life in the UK.
“Sometimes it is very difficult for everyone. We tried in this show to bring some relief, a good authentic atmosphere, uplifting tunes, good conversation, a little bit of satire, we try to make the show good unique and just a good company.
“I can only hope we’ve done that for a while.
“Also really know that there’s more to thinking about than ending a radio show, so I don’t want to get too hung up on myself.
“What I wanted to do was celebrate the success and longevity of the program and also mention that I am not retiring, I am not retiring,” he said.
He then added: “Raise your hand to celebrate and have no regrets.”
Wright made a name for himself on Radio 1, with the original Steve Wright In The Afternoon show in 1981, which pioneered the “zoo” format on UK broadcasts. Great Britain.
He moved from afternoon to breakfast place in 1994 before joining Radio 2 the following year and reinstating his afternoon program in 1999.
Wright’s show became famous for a number of humorous segments that included “facts” related to the listing of bizarre events.
Friday’s final episode includes a special series of facts about Steve Wright in the Afternoon.
TV presenter Richard Osman was one of the celebrities to pay tribute to Wright on Twitter, saying: “Listen to Steve Wright’s last Radio 2 show today.
“He has entertained me for almost 40 years (no, not non-stop) and I am looking forward to seeing where he goes next. Good luck Steve, and thanks! “
Comedian Matt Lucas wrote: “Goodbye Steve Wright In The Afternoon. An excellent broadcaster and always a kind, engaged host. “
Tim Vine says Wright will be “missed”, tweeting: “It’s the last Steve Wright on This Afternoon on Radio2. It was a great show to be on as a comedian.
“Steve has always been supportive and encouraging and is simply a pleasure to be around. Thanks Steve and thanks to @radiostimsmith too. “
Comedian Sue Perkins also tweeted: “Bon journeys to TV legend Steve Wright on @BBCRadio2. Authorized dealer. It’s always a pleasure to be interviewed by him. “
Rob Brydon tweeted: “Steve Wright. Simply a HUGE radio. #SteveWrightInTheAfternoon. “
BBC political editor Chris Mason, who took over the role from Laura Kuenssberg in May, has posted several tweets about what Steve Wright means to him.
“From listening when I ran on the field as a kid, to listening now when I do the Mason nippers: Steve Wright was always there. Make a better day. Consitence. Company. Humor. Energy.
“We will listen on the school bus. Those ordinary moments: Now Playing Everywhere, Hands Up, Factoids, Oldies. Jingle. Program theme. And invited to join the program. Will forever be a career highlight for me, whatever I have to do. Sitting in the studio with Steve, Tim and Janey; magic moment for me.
“Simply put, Steve is a radio genius, one of our greatest broadcasters ever. Love the program. “
Broadcaster Wright, who announced the news live on his show in July that he “cannot hold that position forever,” has stressed that he will not be retiring.
Wright will go on to present Sunday Love Song on BBC Radio 2 and his Serious Jockin’ podcast will premiere on 4 November on BBC Sounds.
He will also present a Radio 2 special on National Album Day on October 15, and more including Christmas specials to be announced soon, the BBC said.
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