Steve Wright: Radio Personalities Offer Tributes to the Well-Known Figure in Broadcasting

Who is Steve Wright?

Steve Wright is a British radio personality known for his work as a presenter on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. He is recognized for his distinctive broadcasting style and has been a prominent figure in the radio industry for several decades.

Personal Life

Steve Wright, born on August 26, 1954, in Greenwich, London, is a British radio personality. He has been married twice, first to Cyndi Wright and then to Cyndi Hopkins, with whom he has two children. Wright’s career began in the 1970s when he worked for various radio stations before joining BBC Radio 1 in 1980. He hosted various shows on Radio 1, including the afternoon show and the Saturday afternoon slot. In 1996, he moved to BBC Radio 2, where he currently hosts “Steve Wright in the Afternoon.” Outside of radio, Wright is known for his love of music and has released several compilation albums featuring songs from his radio playlists. He is also an avid collector of vintage jukeboxes. Wright keeps a relatively private personal life, preferring to focus on his career and passion for broadcasting.


Colleagues and fellow DJs are honoring Steve Wright with heartfelt tributes, describing him as a broadcasting “legend” and a “radio genius.”

Nicki Chapman, currently standing in for Zoe Ball on Radio 2’s breakfast show, was visibly moved to tears during a broadcast. “I promised myself I wouldn’t cry, but I couldn’t hold back,” she shared while reading messages from listeners.

Having hosted shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for over four decades, Wright passed away on Tuesday at the age of 69. Jo Whiley, his Radio 2 coworker, spoke on Radio 4’s Today program the following day, emphasizing that “he was truly a master of his craft.”

“He dedicated his entire life to the realm of radio, with his sole focus being on bringing joy to people,” she remarked.

Whiley presented a commemorative program honoring the esteemed figure of broadcasting on Radio 2 on Tuesday night, expressing how surreal it felt given that she had recently interacted with Wright “mere days ago.”

“We were overcome with emotion, feeling a profound sadness. It’s difficult to speak of him in the past tense,” she shared on the Today program.

Nicky Campbell, another former Radio 1 host, conveyed on Today that Wright “was destined to be behind the microphone.” “He found true delight in being on the airwaves, and that enthusiasm was infectious.”

Mike Read, who previously co-hosted a program titled Read and Wright alongside the DJ on local radio before transitioning to Radio 1, shared on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday that he played the role of a “ringmaster” and was adept at “captivating audiences.”

“He was unwaveringly dedicated, embodying the essence of a true radio professional rather than merely someone who showed up, performed, and left. His mind was constantly brimming with ideas,” Read stated.

Tony Miles, recognized by listeners as Smiley Miley from the Radio 1 roadshow, contributed his tribute on BBC Breakfast, describing Wright as a “master of radio.”

“Countless individuals would flock to witness him during a roadshow; he possessed a unique ability to connect and animate his characters,” Miles remarked.


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