Johnnie Walker takes break from Radio 2 with illness

Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker is taking six weeks off while he recovers from health problems, with Huey Morgan stepping into do the Rock Show and Tom Robinson covering Sounds of the 70s.

Writing on Twitter, Johnnie’s wife Tiggy said: “I’ve a bit of news about Johnnie. It seems his heart needs a bit of an upgrade. The bad news is he’ll be off The Rock Show & SOT70s for 6 weeks. The good news – he’ll be even better when he returns with all that extra oxygen pumping round his body!”

Helen Thomas, Head of Content Commissioning, Radio 2 told RadioToday: “On behalf of the Radio 2 audience and everyone in Wogan House, we wish Johnnie well and look forward to welcoming him back onto the airwaves in the very near future.”

The BBC says Huey Morgan will present The Rock Show on Saturdays at 8pm and Tom Robinson will present Sounds of the 70s on Sundays 3-5pm until Johnnie returns.

Tom said: “Warm wishes to Johnnie Walker @piratejw for a full and rapid return to rude health and the @BBCRadio2 airwaves. It will be an honour to keep his seat warm and look after his lovely listeners at Sounds Of The 70s until then.”

Simon Mayo wrote: “Hey best wishes to Johnnie, always one of the greatest. Good luck with the upgrade!”

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  1. Craig Strong says

    Get well soon Johnnie, you are a national treasure!

    1. Jan Stretch says

      Get well soon Johnnie. Will miss you. Speedy recovery. Look forward to when you’re back on R2.
      Love from Jan and

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  3. Radio Producer says

    Sending lots of positive vibes and LA
    to a radio legend…
    Get well soon Mr Walker…

  4. jade taylor says

    hope he gets better soon .why does mr walker do a sound of 50s as well

  5. Wendy Holland says

    Get well soon Johnnie we will miss you but will look forward to hearing you on your great shows very soon. I always follow you on radio 2.

  6. Sue Lyth says

    Oh Johnnie, We will miss you. Get well soon and sure Tiggy is looking after you.

    Sending you loads of love. xx

  7. Bradley Gotting says

    Get well soon Jonnie, you are a broadcasting legend.

  8. neal says

    Wishing you all the best Johnnie been with you since Radio 1 Lunchtimes with Pop The Question. Take care and get well soon. Looking forward to your return.

  9. David Royce says

    Wishing you all the best Johnnie for the upgrade, and a speedy recovery, we will miss the best DJ on the radio but look forward to your return.

  10. Billy says

    Hurry back JW not too much worth listening to now on R2

  11. Martin says

    All the best Johnnie , have a speedy recovery and take it easy .

  12. Cherry says

    Wishing you all the with the op Johnnie- we will miss you but will be good to have you back fighting in a few weeks. Love to you and Tiggyxx

  13. dave rogers says

    Good luck and best wishes big man, you are a legend

  14. jeffrey Eccles says

    Get well soon Johnnie Walker ,a full and speedy recovery meanwhile i will listen to Pirate Johnnie Walker again .

  15. Barbara Lister says

    Best wishes Johnnie. Still my favourite ever DJ. The king of the airwaves.

  16. Trevor Elford says

    Hope all goes well to a speedy recovery

  17. Michael Palmer says

    A DJS DJ John Peel said of JW.. Get well soon… one of the originals..x

  18. Jacqui says

    Get well soon, I had a stent in my fifties and have never felt so good since my upgrade
    Can’t wait for you to be back with SOT 70’s!

  19. Eddie Sobocik says

    Hope you get well soon !
    Your The One and Only Johnnie Walker King of the Airwaves !
    Were the same age Johnnie and I’ve been listening to you since the days of Radio Caroline.
    Never miss your show on a Sunday afternoon and tell all my mates to listen to you. Your the best and sadly the last one around
    of the Real Stars of Radio ( Wireless ) haha.
    Get well soon !
    God Bless.
    Eddie Sobocik (Lyndon Road, Near Hobs Moat) your old stomping ground.

  20. Alan says

    Look after yourself Johnny come back very soon.

    1. Alan says

      I mean johnnie

    2. Tanya from Wokingham says

      Hi Johnny really hope everything goes well and your better soon I’ve followed you all through the 70s I love your shows they are fantastic lots of love Tanya from Wokingham xxx

  21. Amber Kay says

    Get well soon Johnnie, best wishes to you, Tiggy and Darcy. xxx

  22. Robert Faulconbridge says

    Hi Johnnie. I was at KES in Edgbaston whilst you were at our bitter rival school (well not quite as bad as Bromsgrove!) Then, in 66/67 was listening as the headlights flashed from Frinton and you flirted with that girl on Top of the Pops (sorry Kitty). All the best mate…feel as though I’ve known you for a long time.
    Regards, Bob

  23. Anne Mac says

    We will miss you Johnnie over the coming weeks. Absolutely love you on the radio…… the highlight of the week and of course your great banter especially with Sally….. All the best for “the upgrade” God Bless x

  24. Mac01 says

    We will miss you Johnnie over the coming weeks. Absolutely love you on the radio…… the highlight of the week and of course your great banter especially with Sally….. All the best for “the upgrade” God Bless x

  25. Kim Newburn says

    A true legend’ a great radio voice’ & I wish him all the very best & look forward to hearing him back on the airwaves very soon

  26. Chris Ruff says

    Get Well Soon Johnnie!

  27. Gordon Haskell says

    Get well soon JW. Much loved . Gordon Haskell

  28. Phyllis Harries says

    Dear Jonnie, get well soon. Have always loved your shows, absolutely the best ever. Love and best wishes to you, Tiggy and your family xxxxxx

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