Danny Baker

By on Nov 1, 2010 in Latest, Opinion | 14 comments

Over the past few weeks on his Saturday morning show on Radio 5 Live, it’s been growing increasingly apparent that Danny Baker’s illness-enforced absences were probably for something a little more serious than anyone had hoped, but that doesn’t make the confirmation of it any less numbing or unpleasant.

There are understandably few details beyond the necessary at this point, which is only right and proper.  Typical, too… the mark of a man who broadcasts for the benefit of the Reithian values of information, education and entertainment rather than to try and thrust himself into the pink top world of the personality cult.

In all of the overblown, over saturated media coverage of football that has mushroomed beyond all expectations in the past twenty years, Danny Baker’s input has – by comparison at least – been small, yet his contribution has been inestimably significant.  No other journalist has anywhere near the same understanding of what it is about the sport that makes people devoted it, nor does any other broadcaster put this understanding across with the same knowledge, warmth, passion, generosity or wit.

Everyone here at Twohundredpercent sends Danny Baker our best wishes for a swift recovery and return to the airwaves.

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  1. Well said, Ted


    November 1, 2010

  2. Absolutely. Get well soon, Danny! Can’t wait for your return to the airwaves! Saturday mornings won’t be the same without you.

    Tim Vickerman

    November 1, 2010

  3. Nice article for the best talk radio host. Having moved to Canada from West London I need Danny Baker to keep my entertainment sanity. Lovely country – terrible radio. ‘Danny, get well soon. We all need you pal’.

    Chris Winter

    November 1, 2010

  4. I would love to hear the first few 606′s again, to find if they sound as startling now as they did then. It was his rudeness and bravery that took me aback, the po-faced reverence his colleagues treated football’s rulers with he didn’t give a stuff about. Sadly they became preoccupied towards the end with the antics of that groupie.


    November 1, 2010

  5. KT, there are one or two old 606s here, along with a bucketload of Baker & Kelly shows and podcasts from other days gone by. Personally, I can only echo what Nedward said earlier today:



    November 1, 2010

  6. Really saddened to hear the news today, all the best Danny.

    Dermot O'Dreary

    November 1, 2010

  7. Sad news, but best wishes to Danny. A very dignified and touching statement.


    November 1, 2010

  8. I can remember listening to Danny doing the Breakfast Show on Radio 5 (before it went Live) and thinking that here was a radio genius… Baker and Kelly Up Front also provided happy memories, and so has his Saturday Morning show. Here’s hoping that it will be running for many more years yet!

    Albert Ross

    November 1, 2010

  9. Well said. Get well soon Danny.

    Stephen Campbell

    November 1, 2010

  10. utter legend, all the best and positive thoughts going your way sir

    jasper pegrum

    November 2, 2010

  11. Quite. There are all sorts of things you could say against Danny Baker and yet if you piled them on top of one another they wouldn’t come near to balancing the good things. Best wishes to him.


    November 4, 2010

  12. Here’s to a speedy recovery Danny. All the best

    Tony Mac

    November 6, 2010

  13. All the best, Danny. Been through it with my Dad, and it is scarey.Hope to ‘hear’ you again soon, Hubby misses you. xxx


    March 3, 2011

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