ROCK legend Robert Plant has paid tribute to veteran radio DJ Steve Wright, who died earlier this week. 

Wright hosted shows on BBC Radio 1 and 2 for more than four decades which attracted millions of listeners, and was a long-standing presenter of Top Of The Pops.

Wright’s colleagues hailed the veteran broadcaster as “one of the greatest exponents of the art of radio” following the news of his death.

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, who lives in the Wyre Forest area, also paid tribute to the late radio star. 

On his official Facebook page, Robert Plant said: "A sad day for UK radio..and..the spirit and fun we enjoyed from the great Steve Wright..he will be greatly missed....."

The broadcaster joined BBC Radio 1 in 1980 to host a Saturday evening show before moving on to host Steve Wright In The Afternoon a year later until 1993.

Wright then fronted the Radio 1 Breakfast show for a year until 1995, and completed a stint at commercial radio stations before returning to BBC Radio 2 in 1996 to host Steve Wright’s Saturday Show and Sunday Love Songs.

In 1999, he recreated Steve Wright In The Afternoon every weekday on Radio 2, with celebrity interviews and entertaining trivia featured in his Factoids segment, before stepping down in September 2022 but he continued to present Sunday Love Songs on BBC Radio 2.

Former BBC Radio 1 host Scott Mills took over the afternoon slot as part of the station’s schedule shake-up.

Wright was made an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to radio.