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John Walters

John Walters, veteran BBC radio producer and champion of alternative pop and rock music, died July 30 in London. He was 67.

Walter joined the BBC in 1967.

Beginning in 1969 and for 12 years, Walters worked in tandem with legendary DJ John Peel, together introducing bands such as Joy Division, The Damned, The Fall and a host of other cutting-edge acts to British radio auds.

Peel recently described their relationship as akin to “that of a man and his dog, each believing the other to be the dog.”

In 1971, Walters also devised the satirical “Radio Flashes” show with Vivian Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Later in his career, Walters hosted a number of his own radio series, including “Walters Weekly” on Radio 1 and “Largely Walters” on Radio 4. Subject matter included everything from trainspotting to cannibalism.

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