Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Dead at 67 – Broadcaster John Beaudin’s Tribute

104114_1.tif. Members of the musical group Steely Dan – Donald Fagen, left and Walter Becker pose in New York, Jan. 17, 2000. They have recorded their first new studio album since 1980. (Gannett News Service, Peter Freed/USA TODAY)

With the passing of Walter Becker this morning (September 3, 2017) it made many of us reflect on our teenage years. By the time “Aja” came out in 1977 I was still not the cool guy I thought I was but after a close friend coaxed me into listening to the whole album (not just the hits) my attitudes changes on what “great’ was in music.

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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