Tributes poured in for 702 talk radio host John Robbie today as he presented his last show after 30 years of entertaining, annoying and inspiring South Africans.

John Robbie started out as sports presenter on John Berks’ show. Source: FB/702

Many said they will miss the voice that has kept them awake in the Johannesburg traffic for years, and that neither talk radio nor the mornings will ever be the same again.

Some loved him, some hated him, but most thanked him for challenging South Africans to find their common ground. In his final comments he said: “You might have lost your morning show host, but you’ve gained a listener”, and: “Am I optimistic? You bet your life!” (Watch the videos below.)

The 61-year-old former Ireland international rugby union player said he will be remaining in South Africa.

John will be replaced on his morning show by Xolani Gwala, 702’s current afternoon host.

Tributes to John Robbie on Twitter:

Watch John Robbie finishes his 702 Breakfast Show

Watch John Robbie’s last comment on 702