Mike Walsh, Head of Music at UK-based Radio X, is leaving the station after 18 years with parent company Global.
The respected exec has been part of managing the XFM / Radio X brand since 2005.
Under Walsh’s direction, the station has been an early backer of breakout UK talent like The 1975, Florence + The Machine, Gerry Cinnamon, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Sam Fender, James Bay, Biffy Clyro and The Courteeners.
Walsh’s last day at Radio X will be Friday, September 20.
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with some of the best people I know, but after 18 years it is definitely time for a break and something new,” said Walsh in a note to industry friends and partners today (September 6).
“XFM and Radio X have been the most amount of fun and I am so proud to say that I’ll be leaving it in great shape with some record numbers and an excellent team in place.”
He added: “Thank you to all the artists, industry and friends for always being an inspiration, and see you soon for the next chapter.”
Walsh is a Mercury Prize judge, and prior to joining the world of radio, worked with the likes of Coldplay and Blur in the promotions department of Parlophone Records.
The Radio X network reaches 1.62m listeners, according to the latest RAJAR results.Music Business Worldwide