Tony Blackburn sparked concern among fans on Saturday as he was absent from his BBC Radio 2 show.
The presenter, 80, who hosts Sounds of the 60s on Saturdays between 6am and 8am, confirmed he was at home ill in a post shared on Friday evening.
Tony wrote on Twitter: ‘Sorry to say I will not be doing my shows over the weekend as I have a very annoying virus which is taking time to go away.
Tomorrow on ‘Sounds of the Sixties’ you will hear my special ‘Happy Birthday Show’ and on Sunday there will be a recorded Golden Hour. Have a nice evening.’
Tony was inundated with messages from fans wishing him well, one of which read: ‘Wishing you a speedy recovery, Tony.’
Another added: ‘Sorry to hear you are unwell Tony I hope you are recovering well and will be back on air soon.’
A third wrote: ‘Oh that’s sorry to hear I loved your Saturday morning show – take lots of care and hope to hear from you soon.’
Tony has previously lashed out at the BBC for their ‘strange’ decision to move his Radio 2 show.
The 79-year-old DJ appeared to blame the decision on ageism, saying in a post on social media ‘there’s a lot about it’.
The broadcaster learned earlier this month that from mid-July their Golden Hour show would be moved from Fridays at 7pm to Sundays at the same time.
Tony criticized the ‘wacky’ decision on Twitter, and fans of the show backed the former Radio 1 DJ. One commented that the BBC was ‘making too many mistakes’ by changing the scheduling.
The Golden Hour move was part of a wider change to Radio 2 scheduling that removed Craig Charles’ Saturday House Party.
One fan wrote online: ‘It’s the official start of the weekend, we’ll hear in Tony. Make the most of Friday night while we can!’
Another added: ‘Enjoying the music tonight… going to miss this golden hour of time.’
In response, Blackburn promised fans he would ‘make Sundays more fun’ and agreed it was a ‘pity’ that the show was losing its Friday slot ‘where it belongs’.
Earlier in the day, he asked his followers if ‘does no one value experience anymore’ after learning that some employers are not considering people over the age of 55 for jobs.
‘People over the age of 55 in listening and discussion radio were not being considered by employers for jobs. Doesn’t one value experience anymore,’ he wrote.
‘I hate ageism and there’s a lot about it.’