I was very sad to hear that John Peel had died today.
I have been listening to him for more than 20 years now. I still remember listening to him late at night in my early teens and discovering bands that I probably would never have heard otherwise.
Some of the stuff he played I loved, most of it was awful, but he was excellent throughout.
It is difficult to pin down exactly why so many people loved him, as evidenced by the reactions today. For me it is because listening to his show was rather like being round a mate's house having them play their favorite records to me.
I never got The Fall mind!