Thursday, May 01, 2008

A death of renoun

John Cargher has died one week after recording his final radio program.

Just as Alistair Cooke died just weeks after recording his final radio program.

And Charles Schulz also died weeks after drawing his last Peanuts cartoon.

My Brother In Law would listen to Singers Of Renown in the bath religiously each Saturday afternoon.

Here's the news, just in from the ABC:

John Cargher, host of the ABC's longest running radio show, has died at his home in Melbourne.

He was 89.

Cargher had hosted Singers Of Renown on Radio National since 1966.

He recorded his final program last week after making the decision to retire from broadcasting.

"Frankly, I'm far from clear why it has lasted so long," Cargher told ABC TV's 7:30 Report in 2006. "But it keeps me busy in my old age."

Cargher spent his formative years in England, Germany and Spain before migrating to Australia in 1951.

He managed several music stores and presented a classical music program on commercial radio in Melbourne before joining the ABC in 1959.

In 1966, he began presenting Singers of Renown and in 1987 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to music.