A rookie broadcaster and budding music journalist in the pre-internet London of the mid-eighties, I knew a media master when I heard one
He inspired a new generation of Irish people like me to follow my dreams, emigrate to Britain and forge my way into broadcasting
'He chunted down several bucket-fulls in about five minutes so he comes across to me and he’s as drunk as a skunk', says Sir Terry
Many of his regular listeners and viewers did indeed feel that they knew and liked him
Terry Wogan will always be remembered for his iconic Radio 2 show, hosting Eurovision and singing about a quaint old Cornish town.
The Irish broadcasting legend passed away on Sunday shortly after being diagnosed with cancer
'I am not going to pretend that this is not a sad day - you can probably hear it in my voice'
'Terry Truly was a national treasure'
Wogan was forced to pull out for 'health reasons' for the first time since 1980
Sir Terry has presented the charity programme since its launch in 1980
It has a slight Vicar of Dibley feel to it too, but it is much more intriguing and edgy than any of its gentle comedy predecessors
So far there are UK events planned in Brighton, Leeds, London, Nottingham, Sheffield and Totnes and all have Facebook pages giving details
Three days before the BBC hosts its annual Children in Need telethon it is desperately fighting to shore up public trust in the organisation.
Clare Balding is to join BBC Radio 2, replacing regular Sunday morning host Aled Jones who is leaving his show.
UK's veteran crooner comes second-to-last (way behind Jedward)
Britain has Blue. Ireland has Jedward. Are the long years of Eastern bloc domination over?