In memory of Steve Wright: BBC Radio 2 DJ and presenter

Steve Wright radio presenter

by Arabella Horspool |
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Steve Wright was one of the most popular BBC Radio Two presenters of all time, having worked on the station since 1996. His career with the BBC began around two decades earlier in the 70s. Many viewers will remember him presenting the iconic music show Top of the Pops.

Steve Wright BBC Radio 1

Steve joined Radio 1 in 1980, initially taking a Saturday evening slot before moving to Saturday mornings.

Steve Wright In The Afternoon

In 1989 he brought the 'zoo format' to British radio in his show Steve Wright In The Afternoon. This consisted of different segments and activities and was full of personality.

It featured a cast of telephone characters, played by Gavin McCoy, Phil Cornwell, Peter Dickson and Richard Easter. In later years it adapted with more spoof guests and comedy sketches.

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Steve Wright Radio 2

Steve Wright's Saturday Show

The first Steve Wright Radio 2 show was the Saturday show, which ran from 1996 until 1999.

Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs

Sunday Love Songs was Steve Wright's solo show that first aired in 1996 and he continued to present it up until the day before his death (in 2024), with a pre-recorded Valentine's Day special that happened to be his last time on air.

The show consisted of classic love songs and listeners could call in with dedications for people or write their own to be read out on the show.

You can listen back to the episodes on BBC iPlayer.

Steve Wright: Ask Elvis

Ask Elvis was a radio segment loved by fans. It consisted of listeners writing in their questions to the show and Mitch Benn would pretend to be Elvis and answer them.

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Steve Wright death

Steve Wright passed away on Monday 12th February 2024, aged 69 and the sad news was made public the following day.

Many of his colleagues and people close to him took to social media to share the news and celebrity fans and listeners left their condolences.

Fellow Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley made a tribute to Steve on her show, saying, "It's extremely hard to know what to say and to be talking about someone that you saw only days ago in this very studio where I am right now - doing a tribute show to that person just does not feel right."

Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.

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