The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, has paid tribute to the acclaimed local BBC broadcaster Gerry Anderson, who has sadly passed away after a long illness at the age of 69.
Renowned for his easy banter with his audience and roguish style, tributes have been flooding in to BBC Radio Foyle where he lit up the airways on his daily show alongside sidekick and co-presenter Seán Coyle.
On hearing the sad news Councillor Stevenson said: “I was deeply saddened this morning to hear the news that one of Derry’s most renowned broadcasters and best loved personalities, Gerry Anderson, has passed away. His irreverent humour and acerbic wit on air made him a favourite in every household and his unique brand of comedy spanned the generations.
“Gerry brought laughter to his beloved Stroke City in even the darkest days and he will leave an unfillable gap in both broadcasting and our community as a whole. I offer my condolences to his wife Christine, his family, his many friends and of course to his close associates at Radio Foyle who will be grieving the loss of a great man today.”
Gerry Anderson entertained audiences for over 30 years, becoming a household name thanks to his unique ability to charm and provoke the many local characters and callers he regularly engaged with on his show. Co-presenter Seán Coyle was the perfect partner for Gerry, and the pair had a rapport shared only by the very best comedy duos.
The many awards Gerry picked up over the years were a testament to his true professionalism amidst the fun, and he will be sadly missed by thousands of fans across the country and colleagues in the media industry.