Those of us who fondly remember "Riders of the Range" on radio and in the Eagle comic followed by "Journey into Space" were greatly cheered by Charles Chilton's revelation on a BBC Radio 4 reminiscence programme that not only was he still alive -and lively - in the twenty-first century but also that he had maintained a private archive of recordings of his work. We also learned of his socialism (which led to the radio ballads and to "Oh, what a lovely war") and his previous achievements, including contriving to produce the first jazz programmes on BBC against the prevailing conservatism of the management. I, for one, looked forward to further revelations. Sadly, he has died, aged 95.
The print obituaries will no doubt cast light on other aspects of his career, but it is already clear that he will go down as one of the great radio producers, not only in the UK but in English-language broadcasting worldwide.