Michael Ball dedicates emotional song to Steve Wright on first BBC Radio 2 show since taking over

Composite image of Steve Wright and Michael Ball

Michael Ball hosted his first show since taking over from tragic predecessor Steve Wright (Picture: REX/Shutterstock/BBC/PA Wire)

New Sunday Love Songs host Michael Ball has paid touching tribute to the late Steve Wright after taking over his BBC Radio 2 show this weekend.

Presenter and star Ball, 60, welcomed listeners to the all-new Sunday Love Songs – his first time as host since the passing of radio legend Steve Wright.

Wright, who died in February this year aged 69, had been the host of Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs since its inception in 1996.

The BBC announced in April that Ball would be appointed as Wright’s full-time successor upon the show’s return in June.

Kicking off this new version of Sunday Love Songs, Ball marked his position by playing Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet – best known for the Christmassy version sung by Bill Nighy in Love Actually.

And, as the show came to a close two hours later, Ball paid heartfelt tribute to his much-missed predecessor by playing one of Wright’s favourite songs.

Michael Ball has stepped in to take over the popular Sunday Love Songs show (Picture: BBC/PA Wire)

‘For this first week, the last dance is a very special song. It was one of Steve Wright’s favourites. So in memory of Steve, I want you to give someone a hug. Make that time for it now.

‘Your partner, friend, child, parent. Even your pet, and if you’re on your own right now, I’m embracing you with a virtual hug.

‘And I want to take this opportunity to thank Steve. His legacy on Radio 2 is immeasurable. He created Love Songs and I am so, so proud to be carrying the baton for him into the future.

‘You are missed friend, and this is for you,’ he finished, before playing Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell – one of the late disc jockey’s favourites.

Steve Wright joined the BBC in the 1980s (Picture: Carol Norman/REX/Shutterstock)

Sunday Love Songs was Steve’s own creation (Picture: Geoff Wilkinson/REX/Shutterstock)

As the show ended, listeners took to social media site X to share their thoughts on Ball’s first show, and his tribute to Wright.

‘Lovely tribute to Steve Wright on love songs, I’m crying. First great show so keep up the good work xx,’ wrote hspool18.

Lovely tribute to #SteveWright on Love Songs @mrmichaelball, I’m crying.
First great show so keep up the good work xx

— Helen Pool (@hspool18) June 2, 2024

‘OMG Michael Ball and Radio 2 I’m in bits at the ending of the show. Congratulations on a fabulous 2 hours,’ agreed @Helen_frankl.

Omg @mrmichaelball and @BBCRadio2 I’m in bits at the ending of the show. Congratulations on a fabulous 2 hours❤️

— Helen 📚💕🐈🐈‍⬛🌷 (@Helen_frankl) June 2, 2024

‘Love Songs today was fabulous. Couldn’t have picked a better person to take on theis show from Steve Wright. Thank you Michael Ball, you’ve done Steve, Radio 2 and yourself proud,’ said Sammy_Holl.

@mrmichaelball @BBCRadio2 Love Songs today is absolutely fabulous. Couldn’t have …read more

Source:: Metro


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