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Wake Up To Wogan, 1993

It’s 50 years since his first Breakfast Show

It’s 50 years to the day since Terry Wogan broadcast his first BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.  It ran from 1972 until 1984 when Terry left to pursue his TV career




In 1993 Terry returned to the airwaves this time round entitled Wake up To Wogan, it became the most listened to radio show in the United Kingdom.   At it’s peak the show attracted audiences of 8 million listeners.


At 7.30 each weekday morning Terry would take over the airwaves to deliver the Radio 2 breakfast show as only Terry could.

Wake Up To Wogan was a music based show that included listeners’ views and comments which were often light-hearted and whimsical. These comments came mostly from regular contributors, including: Chuffer Dandridge the resting Shakespearean actor-manager, Horatio Q. Birdbath, Edna Cloud to mention just a few.

It was these comments and Terry’s interaction with his newsreaders, producers and later travel announcers that gave the show the humourous content for which it became so beloved.

Popular features of the show included: mini dramas with the Wogan Players (Wogan, producer, newsreader and travel announcer), indoor fireworks on the radio and of course the legendary Janet and John stories (written by Mick Stubbs).

From everyday life to the previous evenings telly (“there’s nothing on the telly” Terry would say) no subject went without the witty observations of Wogan and his listners.
















Presented By: Sir Terry Wogan

With Studio Contributions From
Paul Walters (1993 – 2006)
Alan Boyd (2006 – 2009)
Alan Dedicoat (1993 – 2009)
Fran Godfrey (1993 – 2008)
John Marsh (1993 – 2007, Part time 07 – 09)
Charles Nove (2007 – 2009)
Travel Announcer:
Lynn Bowles (2007 – 2009)
Prior to 2007 Wake Up To Wogan traffic announcements were made by the day’s newsreader


Channel: BBC Radio 2
Produced By:
Paul Walters (1993 – 2006)
Alan Boyd (2006 – 2009)
Original Transmission Dates: 4th January 1993 to 18th December 2009

Janet and John available as digital downloads for a limited time only

Don’t miss Wogan In His Own Words, BBC Radio 2 tonight 9pm