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Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
31-Jul-01 - 07:52 PM
Thread Name: OBIT: John Walters RIP
Subject: RE: OBIT: John Walters RIP
Thanks Ralphie. I only heard today - didn't realise he'd been dead a couple of days.

Walters was truly one of life's great progressives. From the Alan Price set, which was easy to listen to, albeit a notch or two above "easy listening," it was a big and bold step to embrace punk and new wave like he did, especially when most radio stations were avoiding it like the plague.

As John Peel's producer throughout a classic 12-year stint on Radio 1, Walters played a major role in exposing new talent throughout that glorious era. Almost uniquely in radio, in my experience, he and Peel were always moving on, covering new ground. If only some of that adventurous spirit could invade Mike Harding's BBC Radio 2 folk slot, which is stuck in a cliquish rut by comparison.

But RIP? I'm not sure that John Walters would want to rest in peace.