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Gerry Anderson to be posthumously inducted into radio Hall of Fame

By Donna Deeney

Londonderry's favourite son Gerry Anderson will be posthumously inducted into the Irish radio Hall of Fame tomorrow.

Many of his Radio Foyle colleague will be present as his widow Christine collects the Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Hall of Fame radio award in Dublin.

Gerry's quick wit and casual style, as well as his love for Derry - which he dubbed Stroke City - endeared him to listeners right across Ireland.

The broadcaster, who died in 2014, started his career at BBC Northern Ireland 30 years ago, presenting his first show on Radio Foyle in 1985, and in 2005 became the first person from Northern Ireland to be inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.

Christine said: "Radio was the true love of Gerry's life so it's wonderfully fitting that he has been recognised in this way. We're immensely proud of his work on air and it says so much about his legacy that he is being inducted into the PPI Hall of Fame.

"Gerry always loved coming back down to Dublin. He had so many friends that he would have had a ball attending the induction ceremony."

BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston added: "Gerry was a man of great wit and mischief but also brought real wisdom and insight to everything he did.

"All of us miss Gerry very much, but of course he is most missed by his family and his adoring and loyal fans. This recognition from the PPI is a fitting tribute to a true legend of our industry."

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