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WALKER, Johnnie

YET ANOTHER easy on the ear, just-the-music presenter. What’s the matter with these people? Just tell us a joke! Despite “He’s the DJ’s DJ” bollocks still inspires a bit of respect, not least for bonkers ‘man’s fight for freedom’ speech on the defiant Radio Caroline when the government tried to shut down all the pirates in 1967, leading to his becoming resident errant free thinker whose unwillingness to do things their way led to repeated run-ins with the BBC hierarchy. Did lunchtimes for a while in the early seventies (including a daily phone-in quiz called Pop the Question), latterly usually found in The Saturday Sequence chair, and also did Radio 5’s post-Baker slot, The AM Alternative. Resolute refusal to move with the times made him a prime candidate for Bannister-shunting, though seen out in style with Chris Morris’ startling on-air attempt to arrange to have him stuffed in commemoration.

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2 Comments

  1. Glenn Aylett

    September 29, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Regarded as rubbish by Terry Collier in an episode of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads when he turned up at his sister’s house and she had Walker on her radio. Come to think of it, except for Newcastle United and beer, there wasn’t much Terry Collier liked.

  2. Droogie

    September 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I like Johnnie Walker, but can never look at a Pyrex casserole dish and not think of him and Janie Jones and that party.

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