Legend Tony Butler Who Died at the Age  of 88

Tributes Paid to Radio Legend Tony Butler Who Died at the Age  of 88

  Tributes Paid to Wolverhampton-Born Radio Legend Tony Butler Who Died at the Age  of 88

Wolverhampton has lost a true broadcasting icon as tributes pour in for the late Tony Butler, a renowned radio personality known for his catchphrase “on yer bike.” The Lower Penn native dedicated an impressive six decades to his illustrious journalistic career, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

Butler’s journey in journalism began as a young trainee reporter at a local newspaper when he was just 16 years old in 1951. Over time, he ascended the ranks and achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the inaugural sports editor of BRMB in 1974, where he famously pioneered the concept of the football phone-in.

In 1987, Tony Butler made a significant move to BBC Radio WM, where he captivated audiences as the host of the breakfast show. His talent and charisma behind the microphone were unmatched, garnering immense popularity throughout the years. After a remarkable tenure, he decided to retire from his position in 2009, stating, “I think you know when it’s time to retire, and I’m on my bike.”

This morning, tributes have been pouring in from all corners, as countless individuals pay their respects to the late radio host. Daz Hale, the current host of the BBC Radio WM Football Phone-In, shared his sorrow, describing Butler as a “great friend” and reminiscing about their time working together. Hale said, “So sad to hear about the passing of Tony Butler. This is the man who, back in the 1970s, invented the football phone-in. A great broadcaster who became a great friend. Rest in Peace Tone. Okay? Okay!”

Jenny Wilkes, president of Wolves Women Football Club, also expressed her sadness, stating, “So sad to share the news that radio legend Tony Butler has passed away. He died peacefully in his sleep on Friday afternoon at the age of 88. I first worked with Tony in 1982 at BRMB, twiddling the knobs for his Saturday Sports Show and then later at BBC WM. A true radio legend.”

Devoted fans have taken to social media platforms to share their profound sadness upon learning of Butler’s passing. Many recalled cherished memories and highlighted his contributions to West Midlands culture. One Twitter user fondly remembered listening to Butler’s football phone-ins during car rides in the late 80s and early 90s, particularly enjoying Jasper Carrott’s jokes. Another expressed deep sorrow, referring to Tony Butler as a “West Midlands legend” and reminiscing about his football phone-ins and entertaining quizzes.

Mr. Butler’s unique presenting style also earned him a special place in the hearts of his listeners. One fan emphasized his recognizably charismatic voice and sense of humor, describing him as a “unique radio presenter.” They fondly remembered his passion for discussing sports and stirring up lively discussions for the listeners’ enjoyment. Countless hours were spent listening to this remarkable man, leaving an enduring legacy. Rest in peace, Tony Butler.

 

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