The longtime voice of country radio in Grant County has died. Riddle, who for years hosted the Classic Country Jamboree on WCJC-FM, died Friday afternoon after a long illness. He was 74. Hopefully, a young aspiring radio broadcaster will be inspired and motivated by Walt's life, captured in this quote from his boss..
"When you think of country music in Grant County, it's synonymous with Walt Riddle. In my 32 years of being with Mid-America Radio, even with some of the good personalities we have, never has there been another personality in my company who has received as many fan letters, e-mails and correspondence. The man would just have e-mail after e-mail, not just from Marion, but throughout the north central Indiana area. He had so much knowledge - country music was his passion, and he was able to transcend his passion to the radio airwaves." --David Poehler, vice president of Mid-America Radio