One of the most important figures in Australian radio history has passed away, with the ABC confirming the death of founding Double J presenter Chris Winter.
Back in 1975, the creation of a brand new youthful radio station sparked a change in Australian culture that is still felt today.
However, when the ABC launched Double J (which would later become triple j) back in 1975, one of the first presenters on hand was Chris Winter – an employee of the broadcaster who was an obvious choice for the new station.
“Chris Winter’s huge afro and ‘cool’ style ensured maximum identification as ABC radio’s music guru for the new venture,” explained original Double Jay manager Marius Webb back in 2015.
In fact, Winter’s role in the station’s early days were so memorable and influential that he is said to be responsible for the decision to air Double J’s infamous first-ever song.
“We thought, ‘let’s play something that will make people really cross’,” Winter told Double J in 2015. “So, an obvious thing to do was to pick a song that was famous for being banned on commercial radio: Skyhooks’ ‘You Just Like Me Cos I’m Good In Bed'”
“What we really wanted to do was give attention to bands who might not have made a single, who might not be played by commercial radio, they weren’t successful, but they were writing successful songs.”