A North East radio presenter has paid tribute to 'legend' Steve Wright and remembered a chance encounter with him 20 years ago at an awards ceremony. 

During his 'Simon's 80s and 90s show' on Sunday (February 18), BBC Newcastle and Tees presenter Simon Logan recalled the time he bumped into the late broadcaster in London. 

On the show, the BBC presenter paid tribute to Steve Wright - calling him “an excellent broadcaster” making it seem “effortless” and making everything sound “so fun”.

The Northern Echo: Simon LoganSimon Logan (Image: BBC)

He added that “this 55-year-old man was in tears” when he heard the news earlier in the week.  

On February 13, Steve Wright's family announced the DJ mostly known for presenting programmes for BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than 40 years had died at the age of 69.

Wright's family said: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright.

The Northern Echo: Steve WrightSteve Wright (Image: BBC)

"In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard. Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities.

"As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time."

Since Steve Wright's passing, tributes have been flooding in for the late DJ - including from across the North East. 


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On Sunday's show, Simon Logan recalled the time he bumped into the late broadcaster Steve Wright at an awards ceremony in London. 

He added: “It was about 20 years ago at the Sony Radio Awards in London. This isn’t very showbiz, I was coming out of the gents in a posh hotel in London and as I was coming out, you know when you hold the door open for somebody who is coming in - it was Steve Wright. And he went ‘“oh cheers bud”’, that’s what he said! Legend”. 

Simon then played World Party - Is It Like Today? known to be one of Wright’s favourite tracks he used to play on his own show; the fitting tribute to the man himself - BBC Newcastle's Simon Logan remembers BBC DJ Steve Wright.