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These are the touching and absolutely lovely last words uttered on air by broadcasting legend Chris Needs.

The 66-year-old died during the weekend after what was described as “short period of ill health”.

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Chris Needs' last on air message just days before his death that has …

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News of death has prompted an outpouring of love for the popular DJ – known for his colourful personality and one-to-one presenting style.

His own brand of late night music and chat with The Friendly Garden Programme brought pleasure and comfort to thousands of listeners, from all over the world, who treated him like a true friend.

Chris Needs' last on air message just days before his death that has …

On what was now his final show, on Friday, July 24, Chris signed off from his three hour show with a heartwarming message – that has added poignancy in the wake of his sad death.

“Thank you to you for letting me into your home,” he said.

“Most of all can I say thank you to you at home, in work or in the car or listening online it doesn’t matter where.

“Thank you so much indeed for your company and your support and making this show what it is.

“All that’s left for me to say from myself Chris Needs and all the staff here at BBC Wales Broadcasting house in Cardiff, may I bid you good night, Nos da,” he added.

Tributes have been pouring in for radio presenter Chris Needs
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Colin Paterson, editor at BBC Radio Wales said: “Chris was an amazing character – a one off and an all-round entertainer.

“A giant of Welsh radio, he spent years with the commercial sector before moving to the BBC, where he broadcast in both Welsh and English, on television and radio.

“His contribution to Radio Wales can’t be underestimated, not least in recent months when he has provided comfort and companionship to our listeners.

“And for almost 20 years, the Friendly Garden has brought people together from across Wales and the world, from every walk of life. The ability to bring people together was one of his many strengths and I know the Garden team, along with all of us at Radio Wales will miss him.

“But our thoughts today are with Chris’s husband Gabe, his family and his friends at this incredibly sad time.”

Needs’ chatty style and cheeky sense of humour proved a hit with listeners at BBC Radio Wales.

In 2014, a hilarious exchange with a caller on air gained national attention after it was played on Greg James’ Radio 1 show.

Listen to this Chris Needs clip which had people in hysterics.


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Tributes have poured in for the veteran broadcaster since his death.

Regular listener Tom Glastonbury said: “Terrible news. Chris was always there for people in the night – many who were bereaved and lonely. So sad he’s gone.”

Jayne Carpenter Jones added: “Chris brightened our night shifts with his music. He will be sadly missed.”

And Irene Keane said: “I used to listen to him when he was on the afternoon when I went to pick up my grandson from nursery. On the way home I’d be constantly laughing – other drivers must thought I was bonkers.”

Others described the broadcaster, who was a talented pianist and singer, as a born entertainer.

In 2005, Needs was awarded the MBE where he collected this award from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

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