Stuart Hall has become an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list, for services to broadcasting and charity.
The 82-year-old, a familiar voice of sport, news and the gameshow It's A Knockout, has enjoyed a career stretching back more than 50 years.
"I'm overjoyed," he told BBC Sport. "It's a great surprise, totally unexpected. I'm grateful."
Hall celebrated his 82nd birthday on Christmas Day and now has another reason to celebrate.
"It's a recognition that you've put something in," he stated. "I've worked for charity now for the last 52 years, I've raised millions of pounds and it's a little thank you.
"I feel, in my 82nd year, a little glow of pleasure.
"I've always regarded myself as a second-rate provincial hack. Well, that was yesterday. Now I've got the OBE I'm still a provincial second-rate hack, but I'm a good one. It has made all the difference."
The presenter has built a loyal following for his effusive style and flowery prose during his breathless football commentaries.
He also claims to have coined the phrase the "Beautiful Game".
Hall - an admirer of Shakespeare - plans to write a poem about his OBE honour but says retirement is not on the agenda, adding: "I intend to go on and on and on."