Goodbye to Ed Stewart

Ed Stewart has passed away after a stroke.

Working at the BBC in the day I met up with Ed Stewart and found him to be an affable fellow. I heard him on Radio London on 266 mtrs, and was delighted that he moved on to radio at the BBC. Junior Choice was an amazing show, made even better when he took it over and made it his own.

Below is the report from the BBC Web Site

Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart, former BBC disc jockey, dies

  • 28 minutes ago
  • From the section Entertainment & Arts
PAImage copyrightWilliam Conran

Former BBC DJ Ed “Stewpot” Stewart has died at the age of 74 a few days after having a stroke, friends have said.

Rocky Taylor, a friend of 40 years standing, said the former BBC Radio 1 DJ and Crackerjack presenter died in hospital in Bournemouth.

Stewart’s former brother-in-law Adriano Henney tweeted to say the DJ had died. “Fun guy-Huge loss,” he added.

Director of BBC Music Bob Shennan said Stewart had been a “stalwart” of popular music broadcasting.

Devon-born Stewart’s broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years, starting as an announcer, film critic and rugby reporter with Radio Hong Kong.

In an interview with the Express newspaper in 2014, he said he had returned to England five years later and joined pirate radio ship Radio London, based four miles off shore.

Ed StewartImage copyrightKeystone
Image captionEd “Stewpot” Stewart, seen here in 1981, had a broadcasting career that spanned 50 years
Left to right; Pete Drummond, Tony Blackburn, Dave Cash, Kenny Everett (kneeling), Duncan Johnson, Chris Denning, Ed Stewart, Mike Ahern, John Peel.Image copyrightGetty Images
Image captionNewly appointed Radio 1 DJs outside Broadcasting House after the BBC announces its new line up in 1967. Ed Stewart is third from the right.

He was one of the first presenters on Radio 1 when it launched in 1967, and went on to become a regular Top of the Pops presenter in the 1970s.

He was a regular Radio 2 presenter for 15 years, and during that time broadcast from the summits of Ben Nevis and Snowdon mountains, Vesuvius volcano in Italy, and also broadcast live from the Falkland Islands.

‘Broadcasting stalwart’

He was also a longstanding presenter of children’s show Junior Choice, which last broadcast on BBC Radio 2 over Christmas.

In his sign off at the end of his final programme, he thanked listeners, saying: “I’ll be with you whenever”.

Mr Shennan said Stewart’s shows had been enjoyed by millions of listeners.

His BBC Radio 2 colleagues were extremely saddened to hear of his death, he said, adding: “We are thinking of Ed’s friends and family at this difficult time.”

His former colleague and friend of 50 years, BBC DJ David Hamilton, said Stewart “was a little bit like a good wine; he just got better as time went on”.

“We used to play football together in the showbiz football team, we even once rode in a speedway race together at Wembley Stadium, so we’ve done a lot of things together.

“He was a really good guy, Ed, and I really will miss him.”

 

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