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Terry Wogan Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Terence Wogan
Birth Place:
Limerick, Ireland

Fast Facts

  • Was awarded an Honorary OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1997 New Year Honours List for his services to Broadcasting
  • Plays golf with Michael Parkinson
  • Holds the record for the longest televised putt
  • It was at Gleneagles golf course in a Pro-Celebrity golf tournament in Britain
  • Has been a commentator for the United Kingdom in The Eurovision Song contest since the 70s and is well-known for his sarcastic language
  • Was awarded an honorary Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List
  • Obtained dual citizenship (of the UK as well as his native Ireland) which allowed his honorary knighthood to be upgraded to full knighthood; he collected the award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 6 December 2005
  • Refers to his listeners on Radio 2 as "TOGs" - "Terry's Old Geezers"
  • After he was knighted, he joked that they are now going to be called "STOGs" - "Sir Terry's Old Geezers"
  • Ranked #46 on the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture"