Louisiana lost a legend Monday night as John Walton of the famed Walton and Johnson Show passed away. After an on-air run of close to forty years, including roughly half of that on Eagle 98.1, John battled and eventually succumbed to “medical issues that were too numerous to overcome.”
Walton’s long-time co-host, Steve Johnson shared the news Tuesday morning via his blog:
It is with great shock and sadness that I inform the Walton & Johnson audience of the untimely and sudden passing of John Walton.
His medical issues were too numerous to overcome. He had been receiving treatment over the last month but continued to suffer. He made the decision to return home yesterday and spend his last hours with his family. He went out on his own terms. John passed away last night around 11:55 PM – July 1st, 2019.
I will always cherish John as not only a partner but a dear friend. His wit and humor defined him as the unique individual we all knew him to be. He will never be replaced. He had a voice and he had something to say.
Your loyalty and support for him and his craft was always a mutual sentiment. John cared deeply for all of you. He loved to make you all laugh.
Please remember his family in your “thoughts and prayers.”
I am forever in debt to all of you for your support of our program. The show will return as soon as possible.
Sincerely, Steve Johnson.
John Walton will be sorely missed by the entire Guaranty family, as the show was on Eagle 98.1 from 1999 through 2016.
“Everyone at Guaranty Media is saddened to hear of the passing of John Walton from the legendary morning show Walton & Johnson. John’s incredible career spanned decades and our station Eagle 98.1 carried his show for eighteen years. Our prayers are with The Walton family and everyone associated with the Walton and Johnson Show” – Flynn Foster, President of Guaranty Media.
With such a long and successful career in South Louisiana, Walton’s influence is definitely felt by the next generation of radio personalities.
“I can’t remember a time in my life when Walton and Johnson weren’t on the radio. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid listening to B 97. I always loved the way his wit cut through everything else. He was one of the first people that made me want to get into radio.” – Brian Haldane Morning Show Host on Talk 107.3FM
“I grew up listening to Walton and Johnson on WCKW and even though I didn’t get half the jokes as a kid, it was impossible not to be entertained by the different characters of Steve — and John who held it all down. They had this dynamic chemistry between them, and such a distinct way to compel their audience, that anyone in the industry would seek to duplicate and continue to do so for years to come. John’s death is a huge shock to all of us.” – Michelle Southern Host of Southern Rock on Eagle 98.1 FM.
Radio is a very intimate medium. Our thoughts and prayers go out, not just to John’s family, but to the thousands of fans who are as heartbroken as we are today.