Everyone who has ever programmed a radio show based upon their own taste and instincts would love to have the kind of influence, reception and longevity of the BBC's great John Peel, who died at 65 of a heart attack while on vacation in Peru. He likely exposed more people to more new music than anyone else on earth over the last 40 years, and his edge always cut:
- He was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ and in recent years had also presented Home Truths on Radio 4.
Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said Peel's contribution to modern music and culture was "immeasurable".
He added: "John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1. "John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades.
"Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared.
"His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years. In fact, when I last saw him he was engaged in a lively debate with his fellow DJs over the state of new music today
"He will be hugely missed."
....BBC director of radio and music Jenny Abramsky said Peel was "simply irreplaceable".
"Everyone at BBC Radio is devastated by the news. Our hearts go out to Sheila and his children," she said.
Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, who presented coverage of the Glastonbury Festival with Peel, paid tribute to her colleague and close friend.
She said: "John was simply one of my favourite men in the whole world - as a music fan and presenter he was simply an inspiration."
....After announcing Peel's death on Radio 1, the station played his favourite song, Teenage Kicks, by the Undertones.
Michael Bradley, bass player for the Undertones, spoke of his shock on learning of Peel's death.
He said: "He was a very funny, very warm man and we will always be grateful for what he did for The Undertones.
"Personally, I find it incredible what he did for the band and we always got huge pride out of the fact that he said Teenage Kicks was his favourite single.