Born in Limerick, Ireland in 1938, Sir Terry worked in banking for five years before joining RTE Irish Radio as a newsreader and interviewer. After two years, Terry moved to the BBC Light Programme as a disc jockey, his first regular show being Midday Spin.
When Radio 1 started, he presented Late Night Extra (10pm to midnight) for two years, flying over from Dublin every week. This show was simultaneously broadcast on Radio 2.
In 1969, Terry took over his own weekday afternoon show aired on both Radio 1 and 2. In April 1972 he took over the 7.00 - 9.30am morning show solely on Radio 2.
In Sept 1972 he started a weekly Tuesday show on ATV 'Lunchtime with Wogan'.
In 1978, he had a chart hit with his voiceover to the 'floral dance' (an original hit - without words - for the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band in 1977). Terry started the voiceover on his breakfast show, and it was so popular with listeners that he released it as a single!
In an interview with the Daily Mail 24th December 1979, he said "I hate having to memorize things for TV; I prefer the spontaneity and intimacy of radio"
He left Radio 2 in 1984 to present the Wogan chat show on BBC TV but returned in January 1993 with Wake Up to Wogan!
Terry's has presented numerous BBC TV Programmes, including The Eurovision Song Contest, Celebrity Squares, Blankety Blank, Children