The moving moment Sara Cox pays tribute to Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2
13.02.2024 - 19:25
BBC Radio 2 host Sara Cox promised to 'try and do Steve Wright proud' as she opened her show moments after his death was announced. Steve, 69, had been a presenter on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 since the 1980s.
His death was announced by his family at 5pm this evening (February 13). Bolton-born presenter Sara was the first Radio 2 DJ on air following the news.
In a heartfelt tribute, she described Steve as 'extraordinary', as she invited her listeners to share their memories of the much-loved presenter. Sara then promised to play 'the music that he loved so much', as she began to play Glen Campbell's 1968 country recrod, Wichita Lineman.
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Sara told her listeners: "It's really hard to know what to say about the news of Steve Wright's passing except we are all absolutely devastated, and shocked, and blindsided by this news. Steve was an extraordinary broadcaster, a really, really kind person.
"He was witty, he was warm, and he was a huge, huge part of the Radio 2 family, and I know my fellow DJs will all be absolutely shattered too. And I imagine you're feeling sad too, and we are here for your messages.
"If you'd like to reach out, if you'd like to share your thoughts or memories about Steve, please do on 88291 because we've all lost a lovely friend who's been a big part of our lives for so many years. So we're gonna try and do Steve proud for the rest of the show and we're gonna play the music that he loved so much."
Steve worked on Radio 1 from 1980 to 1995, before presenting on Radio 2 from 1996. He stepped down from Steve Wright in the Afternoon in 2022, but remained on air with Sunday Love Songs.