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Moray mourns loss of Keith Community Radio's Eddie Stuart

By Alistair Whitfield

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Tributes have been paid to the chairman and mainstay of Keith Community Radio who died earlier this week.

Eddie Stuart, who was aged 67, sadly passed away at his home in Burghead.

His friend and fellow radio DJ, John Seivwright called his death a "huge loss".

He added: "I'm absolutely stunned. We all are.

"Eddie didn't just do one thing at the station – he did everything.

"He loved music and Keith Community Radio so much – it was his life.

"Eddie enjoyed all different kinds of music, but he had a special passion for the blues.

"He was also really keen on discovering young bands and trying to help them."

Eddie began broadcasting locally about 20 years ago.

His regular Tuesday night show, which was called The Musical Box, regularly highlighted upcoming groups.

John, who was the previous chairman of KCR before Eddie, added: "After lockdown when we could no longer go to the studio, we all started to record the shows at home instead.

"We would send them to Eddie and he'd do all the editing and programming himself.

"He was the absolute mainstay of the station.

"His death really is a huge loss. Eddie will be sadly missed by all.

"The thoughts of everyone at KCR are with his family and friends."

A statement on the radio station's Facebook site stated that KCR will remain off-air until everyone can process the loss.

Former Elgin musician Malcolm MacWatt said: "Eddie was a champion for local musicians and he will be greatly missed. He has championed my music from the start and was always keen to play my new releases. It was a joy when people got in touch to say they heard one of my songs on KCR and in that respect Eddie played a huge part in helping my music career, even from down here in London. I was looking forward to doing an interview with him on his show later this year so was very saddened to hear of his passing."

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