I find myself seeing breaking news for the first time on blogs more than mainstream media sources these days. Fellow music fan Feddie at Southern Appeal
passes on word of British radio personality John Peel's passing
today at age 65. As someone who grew up on what would be called "alternative" music, it seemed almost every artist I ever liked had at least one Peel session in their catalog and it was something I hoped I could do myself. This is one more ambition I must let go of.
Perhaps someone will be inspired to put on a showcase production like Peel's, provided any major outlet will allow it. It's hard to find programs like Peel's above the local or public radio level in this country but in the UK it was a great and dependable resource to inform the public of up and coming talent. No one can really replace Peel but I hope someone succeeds him.