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'News: Obituary: "Downtown Radio" Music Producer Stephen Nelson' by Grant Goddard

Obituary of Stephen Nelson, music producer with UK local commercial radio station 'Downtown Radio' in the Belfast market, written by Grant Goddard in March 2005 for The Radio Magazine.

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'News: Obituary: "Downtown Radio" Music Producer Stephen Nelson' by Grant Goddard

  2. 2. News: Obituary: 'Downtown Radio' Music Producer Stephen Nelson Page 2 ©2005 Grant Goddard Veteran 'Downtown Radio' music producer Stephen Nelson died in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast on 18 March 2005, the victim of a vicious assault outside a local nightclub. Six months ago, 55-year old Nelson was attacked and kicked in the head by a gang of ten men outside the Chimney Corner hotel nightclub where he organised discos. Police believe that the assailants had attended the venue earlier in the evening but know of no motive for the attack. Left for dead, Nelson was rushed to hospital where he fell into a coma until his death last week. Known as 'Rastus' to his colleagues, Nelson joined Downtown Radio soon after its launch, producing and engineering commercials, jingles and music in the station’s production studio. He recorded many of Ulster’s most popular bands, including Stiff Little Fingers, the Bank Robbers and the Undertones, including their hit single 'Teenage Kicks'. Nelson left Downtown in the late 1990s to work as entertainments manager at the Chimney Corner. Police have launched a murder enquiry. Nelson was single and is survived by a brother who lives in London and a sister in Belfast. [First published in 'The Radio Magazine' as 'Downtown Man Dies', #676, 23 March 2005] Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at