Steve Wright successor Michael Ball says Radio 2 bosses 'hadn't considered anyone else'

Steve Wright's successor Michael Ball opened up about replacing the later radio star on BBC Radio 2's Sunday Love Songs and how Radio 2 bosses 'hadn't considered anyone else' for the role.

Radio DJ Steve tragically passed away in February at the age of 69, after emergency services were called to his Marylebone home following an incident. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was sadly pronounced dead. The star was on air days before his death and pre-recorded one final episode of his weekend show that bosses say will never be released.

And last month, Michael was announced as Steve's replacement on Sunday Love Songs. He will present a new series of the popular weekend show. Michael, who presented on Sundays from 11am-1pm, will present Love Songs with Michael Ball from 9-11am from June.

Speaking about replacing the late radio star, Michael said he wants Steve's fans to 'feel like the show is in safe hands'. He said: "It’s healthy anticipation, that’s what it is. I’m used to taking over from icons. I want the listener who was an avid Steve fan to feel it’s in safe hands.

steve wright successor michael ball says radio 2 bosses 'hadn't considered anyone else'

Michael Ball

steve wright successor michael ball says radio 2 bosses 'hadn't considered anyone else'

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"On the other hand, it’s got to be mine as well, it’s got to feel like it develops with me." He went on to explain what it was like when he took over from Terry Wogan. He said to Radio Times: "It was the same when I took over from Terry Wogan, but it’s the old adage: the show must go on. When I spoke to Helen Thomas [Radio 2’s head of station], she said that they hadn’t considered anyone else, which was so flattering."

Michael was 'really touched and humbled' by their decision and said he 'loves a new challenge'. After being announced as Steve's replacement on the radio show, Michael released a statement sharing his statement and revealed he was feeling a 'little nervous to be tasked with the chance to continue with his extraordinary legacy.'

He added: "Beautiful, moving, relaxing and uplifting music to lift the soul on a Sunday morning, coupled with the stories, suggestions, requests and precious memories from you, the listener, will ensure that this won’t be just MY show, but OUR show. I hope you will join us as we continue to share the love.”

A close friend of Steve revealed he underwent a heart bypass 15 months before his death. According to Mark Wells, the former controller of ITV Entertainment, the DJ had undergone secret surgery before his passing and was 'more ill than he let on.'

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