The broadcasting world is in mourning following the announcement of Steve Wright’s death at the age of 69, a statement from his family confirmed. The cherished radio host, known for his warm presence and distinctive voice, leaves behind a legacy that spans decades, touching the lives of millions across the UK.
In a heartfelt tribute, Wright’s family expressed their profound sorrow, stating, “It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright.” The statement highlighted the immense loss felt by not only his immediate family—including his son Tom, daughter Lucy, brother Laurence, and father Richard—but also his close friends, colleagues, and the countless radio listeners who invited Wright into their homes and hearts over the years.
Steve Wright, whose career was marked by his innovative approach to radio broadcasting, was celebrated for his ability to connect with listeners through his engaging content and genuine empathy. His last on-air appearance was just this past Sunday, when he hosted a special pre-recorded Valentine’s Day edition of his beloved “Love Songs” programme, showcasing his passion for music and connection with his audience until the very end.
Jay Jackson from Regency Radio told Sussex News “Steve Wright was a constant, he was always there, always on form, always delivered the best show he could.
He was a true talent, he insisted on using carts and records when everyone else was using computers to play audio, this gave him the ultimate control over the output of his show. He will be truly missed and we honour his talent”
Sara Cox, a fellow Radio 2 presenter, shared her condolences live on air, her voice laden with emotion. “We are all absolutely devastated and shocked,” Cox said, remembering Wright as an “extraordinary broadcaster” and a “really, really kind person.” She praised his wit, warmth, and significant impact on the Radio 2 family and its listeners. In a touching homage, Cox promised to honor Wright’s memory by playing music he adored, starting with Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” a track particularly dear to him.