‘Where is the Taj Mahal?’ ‘Opposite the dental hospital.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Larry Gogan is 55. I know that might surprise you, but honestly, it’s true.

Actually, Larry is extremely guarded about his age, as he told Sean O’Rourke on the Today programme. Wikipedia, he says, is wrong in its assertion that his year of birth is 1938. But what we can say for certain is that Larry Gogan, in 2016, celebrates 55 years as a national radio broadcaster and DJ, having joined Radio Eireann in 1961.

Now, the word ‘legend’ is as overused as the word “genius”, particularly in the world of music. But ‘legend’ is definitely applicable in Larry’s case. Very few can boast that they’ve had visitors to their radio studios of the calibre of Cliff Richard, Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson, Glen Campbell, Roy Orbison, Michael Bolton, Larry Mullen and Tom Jones.

And Sean O’Rourke, a veteran broadcaster himself, was duly reverential to the man who spun the very first disc on RTE’s brand-new radio station, Radio 2, on May 31, 1979.
And what was that disc?

“Like clockwork, by the boomtown rats.”

Larry is probably best known for his iconic “Just a Minute Quiz”, which has given some gems over the years, including the classic Larry consolation to callers who have fallen way short in their answers.

“The questions didn’t really suit you… I’ll never live that down, I still say it, it comes out automatically.”

Check out this list of accolades.

1964, Larry was voted Favorite DJ in a poll in the Evening Herald newspaper and was voted No. 1 DJ in various polls every year from 1964 to 1987.

1987, he won the IRMA Award for Services to Irish Music, a Jacob’s award and the Hot press Industry Award.

2005 he was awarded the IRMA Honour by Terry Wogan for his contribution to Irish Music and, two years later, won the Industry Award at the 2007 Meteor Ireland Music Awards

On television he has presented ‘Pickin the Pops’, the ‘Go 2 Show’, ‘What’s my line’, ‘John Player Tips of the Tops’ and more recently his ‘Golden Hour Video Show’

Larry Gogan. Legend.

To hear the interview in full from Today with Sean O’Rourke, click here.

© The Listener 2016

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