Veteran radio DJ Peter Johns dies


VETERAN radio presenter Peter Johns has died.
He died Monday evening at South London hospital in the United Kingdom where he had relocated after leaving Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio 3 in 2002.

Family sources confirmed his death and said he died of a heart attack.

It was revealed that he had a history of a heart problem, which saw him getting hospitalised in 2010 after experiencing a mild cardiac arrest .

Affectionately known as PJ or Radio Driver, the media shy radio personality had an illustrious career which saw him joining ZBC in 1981.

Prior to his break on the airwaves, PJ was a force to reckon with on the Club Scene where he was resident wheel spinner for Club Scamps in the capital.

He caught the eye of John Matinde who was then the boss at Radio 3 and he roped him in. Some of his most popular shows include Monday Mellow Madness and the Hip Hop Connection.

He had ‘bragging rights’ for unleashing and introducing ‘fresh’ jams on local radio through his wide network of international entertainers.

His era on radio had a full ‘hall of fame’ filled with old school broadcasters like Tich Mataz, the late Josh Makawa, Sophi Chamboko, Joe Mzukuru Hussein,Hosea Singende,the late Tsitsi Mawarire, Witness Matema (now Uncle Chuman), Admire Taderera among other greats -dead and living.

Funerals arrangements were not yet announced at the time of writing.

However, with the current COVID-19 scourge, his repatriation might be a Herculean task due to travel restrictions.

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