As Radio Merseyside broadcaster Roger Phillips retires from the lunchtime phone-in today, Mike Doran from the council’s communications team has penned this poem in tribute to his contribution to city life over the last four decades.
So farewell Roger PhillipsLegend of our lunchtimesKing of a stationVoice of this river city nation
To you we turned toAnd tuned in toIn the good timesAnd the sad
To share our newsAnd our views
You gave us your earsThese past forty two yearsTo a city and regionWhose great tales are so legion
And almost every dayFrom 12 until twoYou tried to make senseOf this world and what’s true
From riots in L8to the party that was ‘08Heysel and HillsboroughMilitants and Boris
Whether in Paradise StOr HanoverYou held those in powerTo accountTo apologiseTo explain
AndTo informTo educateAnd to entertainExcept when talking footballWhich was never your game
Your listenersThey knewThey had a championOn who they could call
To help shine a lightAnd fight the good fightAnd for thatYou ruled the airwavesOf thatThere’s no doubt
So your leaving of LiverpoolIs worth a big shoutAnd at this endWe simply sayThank you Roger
Gravelled voice of reasonWhatever the seasonAlways on our sideThe pride of Merseyside
Over and out.