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Walt joined the station for airborne traffic reports in 1984.
He passed away of colon cancer on 1/04/05.


We are very sorry to report the untimely passing of Walt Starling.


"I want to thank everyone who has called asking about Walter, as well as the hundreds of letters and emails from well wishers concerned about Walter," says Sharon, his wife. "As you can imagine, all of the calls have been overwhelming and I have not been able to speak with everyone. I've been concentrating on Walter’s care."

She adds: "We received the news from doctors two weeks ago that Walter would begin hospice care. Walter wanted to be at home with his family and friends and not in a hospital. Walter has fought the good fight and unfortunately for us all he has lost his fight with this dreadful disease".


Marty Dempsey writes:

I went by to see Walt on December 22nd, I felt it was important to "drop by" without notice, I apologized for not calling first, but I kind of do that to people all the time.

I had just lost my 43 year old nephew to bone cancer a year before so I had a pretty good understanding of it all.

Brent went up to tell him I was there..He slowly came down within about 10 minutes.

As I expected he had lost all his hair and was weak..he gave me a soft hug, and we talked for about a half hour in his living room..His brain was as sharp as a tack.

He recalled dates and times and who worked where at the time..we talked about how radio had changed over the years.. he told me that I was the first person to show him digital editing.

He talked a lot about Willard (Scott) and Ed (Walker); I told him how I walked into WWDC on Brookville Road in Silver Spring when I was about 17 years old, and had the fortune of watching The "Joy Boys" on the air..which started it all for me.

The last time I saw him before he was sick, he had brought Ed Walker into appear on the "Paul Berry Show" down on Brookville Road.

I'm happy to say, that I had the rare pleasure of having Walt Starling as my traffic guy when we did afternoons on WARW. Some of his last reports from the air.

My fondest memory was when I met him at the Gaithersburg airport. He flew in and picked me up in his plane. With both of us being six foot heavy weights, as you can imagine... it was a TIGHT fit! We flew all over the Metro area as he did his reports.

Also, at my visit with Walter he talked a lot about his father.

I know they're going to build one hell of a classic airplane for God.


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