‘He defined RTÉ’s coverage of music and shaped many generations of DJs’ – President leads tributes to Larry Gogan
Following the news of the passing of legendary broadcaster Larry Gogan, aged 81, tributes have come flooding in from colleagues, friends, famous faces from media and entertainment and the public alike.
President Michael D Higgins was among those to pay their respects.
“For six decades, Larry Gogan made an indelible impact on Irish music, having promoted both up-and-coming and more established Irish musicians and sharing his infectious enthusiasm and passion for pop and rock music of all kinds,” he said.
“Blessed with one of the warmest voices in Irish broadcasting, Larry Gogan not only defined RTÉ’s coverage of music, but also shaped the mould for many generations of DJs.”
Meanwhile Dee Forbes, the Director General of RTÉ, described Gogan as a “legend”.
“Larry Gogan was a legend, and a genuine national institution. He transcended generations – whether it was a hilarious moment on the Just a Minute Quiz, the breakneck countdown of the weekly top 40, or the first play of a Christmas song,” Forbes said.
“Larry didn’t just preserve these traditions, he created them,” she said.
“He returns now to his beloved Florrie – we are the poorer for his loss, but the richer for having known this gentleman of the airwaves.”
Born in Dublin in 1938, Larry Gogan began broadcasting sponsored programmes on Raidió Éireann.
He moved to RTÉ 2FM when that station opened in 1979, remaining one of that station’s favourite DJs for the next 40 years.
He will best be remembered for playing classic hits on the Golden Hour and hosting the Just A Minute Quiz which became as famous for its wrong answers as it did for the correct ones.
The first band Larry Gogan played on 2FM was the Boomtown Rats and he remained a strong supporter of Irish music over the years, winning many awards from the music and broadcasting industries. He was also a member of the IMRO Hall of Fame.
Larry Gogan left RTÉ 2FM in January last year, and the station was renamed Larry Gogan FM for the day in recognition of his tremendous contribution to broadcasting.
He then began a show on the digital station RTÉ Gold.
Other tributes included:
Larry has a special place in the lives of generations of Irish who grew up with him, whether listening to the hit on the Golden Hour, delivered in his unique smooth and dulcet tones or laughing over a hilarious wrong answer on his ‘Just a Minute Quiz’ – Irish people grew up through Larry.
Larry is predeceased by his wife Florrie.