Local radio personality remembers Chester Bennington and his impact

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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The news of Chester Bennington’s death, reportedly a suicide, shocked not only the music world, but the world at large.

It's especially upsetting for those who work in the industry, and who work with music and its creators on a daily basis.

“It’s, unfortunately, another premature passing of an incredibly talented person,” said John Baker, radio personality on Tallahassee’s WGLF, just hours after news broke. “Another sad expiration of somebody who had a lot of steam left.”

Baker, like so many in the music business, is unfortunately becoming no stranger to this type of news. Chris Cornell, another rock singer and close friend of Bennington’s, committed suicide back in May.

But Baker is quick to point out how Bennington will be remembered; for the work he did with Linkin Park.

Despite putting out only four records from 2000 to 2010 (the band, along with Bennington, have released seven total albums, including this past year’s One More Light), the records that were released proved that “the output is less important than the quality of the output that you produce,” Baker explained.

“What the band was able to put together with Chester as their frontman will have a profound and lasting impact. There’s no doubt about that. Honestly, I think his legacy will be how staunch a figure he was in front of the act – from when he started with the band in 2000 until his death in 2017.”

While Baker was able to meet several members of the band in their early days when he was working in Dallas, he never met Bennington.

Bennington, and Cornell, taking their own lives is a reminder, in Baker’s eyes, to “stay vigilant of those we love. Be on the lookout for signs of depression,” to keep one another safe.

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