"He loved being on the radio, and his voice is just going to be missed."
"George was the consummate professional," WVPBS Executive Director Scott Finn said in a statement Monday. "His work was always top-notch and we relied on him for his expertise. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this time."
On Facebook, several co-workers past and present posted tributes to Walker.
Mona Ann Seghatoleslami, who worked with West Virginia Public Radio from 2007 to 2011, posted on her wall, "George taught me a good deal of what I know about audio editing. He'd always help with voicing and recording things; he was alternately a very funny and slightly maddening perspective on the whole WV Public Broadcasting world, and he was always kind to me and supportive when management or my own announcing was getting me down."
WVPBS reporter Dave Mistich said, "George was extremely helpful as I got my bearings starting work at Public Broadcasting. He took the time to show me a few tricks in the studio and was kind enough to give me a heads up on a few stories that I ended up producing. He was also kind enough to soothe my worries as we started work on 'The Legislature Today.'"
Muhammad said Walker would be greatly missed at WVPR.
"He made so many contributions on so many different levels," he said. "He also brought this positive sense of humor to everything. He was a delight to work with and a one of a kind person to work with."
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