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teve Wright has started his last 2-way BBC Radio show, saying “no stress here, just fun, celebration and thank you” as he bids farewell after 23 years.
The 68-year-old broadcaster announced he would be leaving his afternoon show in July as part of a plan to change the station’s schedule.
He has presented Steve Wright 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 2-4pm position.
Opening his last show, Wright said: “The last show, there’s a little bit of pressure, to make it great.”
After playing OMC’s How Bizarre, Wright added: “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 delivered an emotional personal speech during his final performance to thank his “beloved and loyal listeners.”
“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.
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“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.
“I also really know that there is more to think about than a radio show ends so I don’t want to overindulge myself. What I want to do is celebrate the success and longevity of the program and also mention that I’m not retiring, I’m not retiring,” he said humorously.
He then added: “Raise your hand to celebrate and have no regrets.”
TV presenter Richard Osman was one of the celebrities paying homage to Wright on Twitter: “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 said how Wright would 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. “
Meanwhile Rob Brydon tweeted: “Steve Wright. Simply a HUGE radio. #SteveWrightInTheAfternoon. “
BBC political editor Chris Mason, who replaced the role from Laura Kuenssberg in May, has made 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 “can’t hold that position forever,” has since emphasized that he will not be retiring.
Wright will go on to present Sunday Love Song on BBC Radio Two and his Serious Jockin’ podcast will premiere on 4 November on BBC Sounds.
He will also present a Radio Two special on National Album Day and more including Christmas specials to be announced soon, the BBC said.
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