Northern Ireland

In pictures: Broadcaster Gerry Anderson's career

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Gerry Anderson won the hearts of listeners all over Northern Ireland, with his unique style of broadcasting and easy-going manner.

Before beginning his broadcasting career, the self-taught guitarist toured the UK and abroad with his showband, The Chessmen.

Gerry Anderson began working as a radio presenter at BBC Radio Foyle in 1984, and went on to become a household name in Northern Ireland.

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Image caption Throughout his career, he presented countless outside broadcasts on both radio and television - as part of his Anderson on the Road series.

Throughout his career, he presented countless outside broadcasts on both radio and television - as part of his Anderson on the Road series.

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BBC Foyle producer Colm Arbuckle (in black) shares a joke with Radio Foyle presenters Frank Galligan and Gerry Anderson.

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In 1998, he became a team captain on BBC Northern Ireland's comedy quiz Saints and Scholars with Gene Fitzpatrick and presenter John Daly.

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Never afraid to take a risk, he pushed himself to the limit in a 2003 television programme about body builders and even compared biceps with body builder Packie Sweeney (left).

He was designed in clay for a 2011 BBC animation series called On The Air, which recreated the quirky real-life phone calls he took from listeners on his radio programme.

Discussing his long career at BBC Northern Ireland, Gerry Anderson said he never regarded broadcasting as 'going to work' and that he 'would have done it for nothing'.

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