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My Tribute to John Peel

On Saturday, October 16th, 2004, I was not in to listen to Home Truths on Radio 4, however, I always listen to the repeat on Mondays whether I heard it on Saturday or not. On Monday October 18th, 2004 I heard John Peel signing off saying that he was going to Peru for a couple of weeks and we would be in the capable hands of his replacement………. for the life of me I cannot remember his name.

The Saturday after I half listened to the replacement and then on Monday after Book at Bedtime, I was just about to change over stations when I remembered Home Truths…….. The unfamiliar voice came over, it irritated me for some strange reasons and I clearly remembered mumbling to myself “Oh John will be back in a couple of weeks time……….”

Wow at 2’oclock on Tuesday October 26th, when I heard the news of John’s death, there was a a strong sense of grief and anger at his death, mainly the anger was that I was crying for the death of someone I do not even know or even have met. I had listened to Home Truths since 1999 and read John’s humorous column in the Radio Times. I was waiting for him to come back and tell us about his sojourn in Peru. The grief I feel for a stranger yet someone who I have heard over the airwaves; this is also tampered with the loss of someone who sounded kind and generous and filled with such sensitivity, (particularly as there are some talk radio stations that are peopled by rude jocks) and what the loss means to his family and friends.

What else can I say but I am glad that there was a John Peel on Radio 4 who brought something fresh. That feeling of disbelief and the persistent nagging thought that he will come back and regale us with his experiences in Peru. As one of the many listeners to Home Truths, I shall miss hearing your voice and May You Rest in Peace.

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