BRENTON Thompson will be remembered as an integral part of broadcasting in Wagga – a man who would do anything for the city and its people.
The former 2WG radio announcer passed away peacefully at the age of 53 on Monday at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
His wife Sandra and daughters Ashleigh and Paige were by his side.
Mr Thompson had a decorated career in the industry, working at 2LF in Young during the 70s and a stint as a master control technician at RVN Channel 2, now known as Prime 7, during the 80s.
He later returned to radio and became a familiar sound on 2WG where former general manager Yvonne Braid described him as more than just a voice on the air.
“He always had the city of Wagga at heart,” Ms Braid said.
“He would walk on hot coals if he thought it was to the betterment of 2WG and the city.
“In cases of emergency, flood or fire, when asked to broadcast outside working hours he would always be there,” she said.
Former colleague of more than 10 years, Scott Levi said Mr Thompson was a friend to everyone, a typical country bloke who loved a chat.
“Brenton was a great asset to Wagga and the Riverina,” Mr Levi said.
“He knew so many people and went out of his way to get to know people ... he was a real contributor to the community, not just an observer.
“What you heard on air was what you got with Brenton.
“An engaging conversationalist ... he loved to have a chat, that’s the secret to his success.”
He said Mr Thompson was “extremely well-dressed” for a radio announcer, setting the benchmark for the rest of the crew to follow.
Prayers of Christian burial for Mr Thompson will be offered at St Michael’s Cathedral in Wagga at 1.45pm on Monday, after which a private family burial will be held.
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