Profile: Terry Wogan: Terry was born in Limerick, Ireland and educated at Crescent College, Limerick. After leaving college Terry went into banking where his innate ability to separate half crowns from two bob bits soon marked him down for greater things. Five years later, he joined Radio Telefis Eireann (the Irish National Radio and TV Service) as a newsreader/announcer.
After two years of interviewing and presenting documentary features, Terry moved to light entertainment as a disc jockey and host of television quiz and variety shows. His first regular BBC Radio show was Midday Spin and, when Radio 1 started, he presented Late Night Extra for two years, flying over from Dublin every week. In 1969 he stood in for Jimmy Young when he went on holiday and later that year, in October, Terry took over his own daily show on Radio 1 and 2. In April 1972 he took over the 7.00-9.30am morning show on Radio 2.
Terry's extensive television credits include his live chat show series Wogan which he presented three times a week for seven years on BBC1, Song For Europe, The Eurovision Song Contest, Lunchtime With Wogan, Come Dancing, Celebrity Squares, New Faces and Blankety Blank. More recently Terry has presented Wogan's Island, Do The Right Thing, Auntie's Bloomers, Auntie's Sporting Bloomers, the National Lottery Live and Wogan's Web and he has also appeared as a member of Ally McCoist's panel on A Question Of Sport!
In 1993 Terry rejoined Radio 2 to present Wake Up To Wogan, taking over from Derek Jameson. Terry went on to win the 1994 Sony Radio Award for the Best Breakfast Show. Since he rejoined the BBC after 'Wogan' finished on BBC1 he has formed the TOGs or 'Terry's Old Geezers', the fledgling TYGs (Terry's Young Geezers) and his regular team of Paul 'Pauly' Walters, Fran Godfrey, Alan Dedicoat and the bond with his listeners that has never really ever gone away.
Terry was awarded an honorary OBE in the 1997 New Year's Honours List.
He is married and has two sons and a daughter
Whereabouts: The Togmeister is, of course, still at Radio 2 weekdays from 7:30-9:30am, although his regular listeners often joke that, due to the level of time off he has, it is actually presenters like Johnnie Walker that actually do the show regularly and Terry fills in for them!
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