Founding Double J announcer Chris Winter has passed away

Staff Writer

Chris Winter was already an employee at the ABC when Double Jay originally launched in 1975.

He was known for championing lesser-known music, which had a huge impact on what would go on to become the ethos of Double J and triple j.

The ABC has revealed that the founding announcer, who was also a fixture in the early days of triple j, has sadly passed away.

“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,” Winter told Double J four years ago.

“It’s hard to believe now but Mental As Anything and Midnight Oil were two such bands.”

ABC head of music and creative development Chris Scaddan paid tribute to Winter.

“Chris was a foundation presenter for Double Jay in 1975 and it is his free spirit and style that inspired the persona of the whole station,” said Scaddan.

“His passion for music outside the mainstream survives now in triple j and also Double J again on digital radio.”

“His influence across the ABC’s early-2000s digital work was just as pioneering as his early work in music broadcasting.

“Chris’ entire career is a testament to his never-ending, forward-thinking ideas about music, culture and media. His inquisitive mind and ability to inspire others was rare and cherished.”

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