Consultant Rusty Walker Dies at 59

From Ted White : May 20, 2012

James Samuel Darwin, Jr., also known as Rusty Walker, 59, of Iuka, Mississippi, died Monday, May 21, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS, as the result of a heart attack. Sammy was an active member of Mt. Evergreen United Methodist Church, where he served in many key church positions. He graduated from Corinth High School in 1971, and went on to become one of the top radio programming consultants in the music industry. Sammy Darwin, also known as Rusty Walker, has either programmed, advised, created, consulted, overseen, served as a strategic partner, or performed as an air personality for more than 750 radio stations since he started his radio career in 1970.

He founded Rusty Walker Programming Consultants in 1983. He was honored as one of three of Country Radio's Greatest Programmers of the Twentieth Century. Billboard Magazine has named Rusty Walker the Country Music Consultant of the Year for seven years in a row, and he was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in February. He also served as a Director-At-Large in the Country Music Association. Sammy was proud to call Iuka, Mississippi home


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