King of radio steps down from morning show

Everyone’s favourite UK DJ switched off his microphone for the last time and stood down from his role as king of morning radio – but I’m taking a look back at what he said about Cookstown in County Tyrone in his biography.

United Kingdom radio and television personality Sir Terry Wogan has recalled in his biography time spent in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, when he was carrying out research for a show.

Last month was an historic occasion in the life of the BBC as everyone’s favourite DJ switched off the microphone for the last time and stood down from his role as king of morning radio.

Sir Terry said goodbye to his Wake Up To Wogan show listeners for the last time, telling them: “Thank you for being my friend.”

And as the great man now begins his retirement, I’m taking a look back at what he said about our very own Cookstown in his biography.

He was travelling with his radio producer Paul Waters researching items for a programme entitled ‘Wogan’s Ireland’.

And in the book Sir Terry states that ‘The place was full of gun towers and British soldiers everywhere.’

“As we drove through, watching everyday life freely intermingling with war, I said (to Paul): ‘Of course, Cookstown is a Protestant town. A Protestant town, full of Protestants’. He (Walters) was aghast, having grown up in rural Hertfordshire, in secular England, where religious bigotry had disappeared along with church-going and Sunday school.”

Sir Terry Wogan is also credited with launching the careers of the late Eva Cassidy and Belfast’s Katie Melua.

And among many of the most famous clips from his television show was that of a drunken George Best, who was the face of Cookstown sausages in the 1960s and 1970s.

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