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BBC's Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson dies

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

By David Young

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Popular BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson has died after a long illness.

Anderson, 69, had been off-air for almost two years due to ill-health.

The former show band guitarist had a 30-year career in broadcasting, including an ill-fated spell on Radio 4.

He also hosted a number of TV programmes on BBC Northern Ireland but it was his contribution to Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle for which he will be most remembered.

His irreverent morning phone-in show won a legion of loyal fans.

Almost 10 years ago he was inducted into the UK Radio Hall of Fame.

Born in Londonderry/Derry, Anderson coined the alternative name “Stroke City” in a nod to the endless contention over what his home town should be called.

Director of BBC Northern Ireland Peter Johnston paid tribute to the veteran broadcaster.

“This is a day of great sadness for everyone at Radio Foyle, Radio Ulster and BBC Northern Ireland, and of course our thoughts are with Gerry’s wife and family,” he said.

“Gerry was a man of great wit and mischief, but he also brought great wisdom and insight to what he did.

“Of course, he’ll be sadly missed by all of us, but also by all his loyal listeners, for whom he often brought light on dark days over the decades.

“I had the great pleasure of being in London on the occasion when Gerry was awarded the Hall of Fame for the UK Radio Academy, which just demonstrated what a true legend of the industry he was, a really significant figure.

“I think in Gerry’s case – it’s often said lightly but in his case truly – I don’t think we’ll ever see his like again.”

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