CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Walker, longtime weeknight host for West Virginia Public Radio, was discovered dead in his home over the weekend.
Walker, 60, was the local host for "All Things Considered" and the station's evening programming. He was also a familiar voice on West Virginia Public Television, produced commercials for area businesses and produced "Music from the Mountains" with Joe Dobbs until Dobbs retired a few years ago.
Walker joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in 2002.
James Muhammad, director of radio services at West Virginia Public Broadcasting said he got the call informing him of Walker's death late Sunday evening.
Muhammad acknowledged Walker had been sick for several weeks, though wasn't sure of the nature of his illness.
"He'd been sick before and been out sometimes for several weeks or months to recover," he said. "We thought he'd bounce back this time."
WVPBS News Director Beth Vorhees, just returning from vacation, said she was shocked by the news and said Walker would leave a large vacuum, not only at WVPBS but on media throughout the state.
"He had just the best voice in radio," she said. "You heard him everywhere, and he was just all about radio. He was all about reading well and sounding good. He was all about quality of work and just a very articulate, learned man who knew a little bit about everything.