Ed Walker Retires From WAMU/Washington, D.C.
October 16, 2015 at 4:30 AM (PT)
Longtime WASHINGTON radio host ED WALKER is retiring from AMERICAN UNIVERSITY News-Talk WAMU/WASHINGTON, D.C., the station has announced.
WALKER, 83, the NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME honoree who paired with WILLARD SCOTT as WOL-A, WRC-A, and WWDC-A's long-running "JOY BOYS" and later worked at WPGC-A, WMAL-A, and WWRC-A, has been hosting the old-time-radio series "THE BIG BROADCAST" at WAMU since 1990. His association with AMERICAN UNIVERSITY goes back to his being the first blind student ever to attend the school, and to his co-founding WAMU in 1951. The station says that WALKER is leaving to spend more time with his family after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
"ED WALKER was already a radio institution in WASHINGTON when I was growing up here," said GM J.J. YORE. "ED has been part of the fabric of this town — starting with his student days at AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, as one of 'THE JOY BOYS' during the 1950s, '60s and '70s, and for the last 25 years as the guy who brought families and friends around the radio on SUNDAY nights to hear old-time stories on THE BIG BROADCAST. We are grateful to ED and I know thousands of listeners across the decades are, too. We will miss him."
WALKER's final "THE BIG BROADCAST" show has been taped and will air on OCTOBER 25th at 7p; "HOT JAZZ SATURDAY NIGHT" host ROB BAMBERGER will take over WALKER's show as interim host.