Broadcasting award - Gogan’s golden hour

It was announced yesterday that Larry Gogan is to be presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award tomorrow night in Kilkenny. He joins an illustrious troop, including Gay Byrne, Marian Finucane, Micheál O Muircheartaigh, and Jimmy Magee of RTÉ, along with Des Whelan of WLR FM in Waterford.

After more than 40 years on air as a DJ, Mr Gogan developed his own distinctive style. He was the obvious choice for 2FM when it went on the air in 1979.

His lunchtime Golden Hour attracts a quarter of a million listeners, while his Just a Minute Quiz, which is currently being considered by the Guinness Book of Records as possibly the world’s longest running quiz, has become an institution. Some of the funniest answers attributed to it never actually happened, but he is happy to let the urban myths prevail.

His age has been published as 72, which he says is wrong, but he is not prepared to be specific. He enjoys his job and has no intention of retiring.

He never thinks of himself as talking to hundreds of thousands of people, but just to one person at a time. The real secret of his success is that he is always himself.


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