Radio Legend Ed Walker Remembered

Walker passed away today at the age of 83.

Paul Farhi‘s post last Thursday on the last broadcast of legendary radio host Ed Walker, who died early this morning from cancer at the age of 83, has taken on added resonance. According to WAMU, Walker, surrounded by his family, listened to the broadcast hours before he would pass away in his sleep.

Here’s Farhi on how Walker, overcoming his initial reluctance, agreed to record one final episode of The Big Broadcast:

Just once more, pleaded Lettie Holman, Walker’s boss. For the audience, she said. For posterity. His daughter, Susan Walker Scola, agreed, urging her father on.

Walker reconsidered. Okay, he said. One more.

Walker began the show by flipping the script, choosing to share with his audience his own favorites.

“All these years I’ve been trying to play the music and the shows that I think you all enjoyed. Well, tonight I want to turn things around a little bit and I’m going to do my favorite shows because this will be my last ‘Big Broadcast.’ Things come and things go, and right now it’s time for me to go. So we’re going to play some of the shows that I think have special merit, shows that are my personal favorites.”

And his audience, 65-years worth, in turn remember him today: