Ironically, I dimly recall that on one of the many occasions that the BBC cut down Peel's air-time, Vance was the beneficiary. I am thinking this was probably 1985ish. He had a show called 'Into The Music' which played AOR (Adult / Album Oriented Rock), which fitted in quite well with my suspect musical tastes at the time (they have slightly mutated if not necessarily improved since). I remember the first show playing Steely Dan and The Alan Parsons Project who were among my favourite bands, if you can call TAPP a 'band', at the time. I think I may have some cassettes of one or more of the shows somewhere.
'There were giants in that age'. I Can't think of any DJs of a newer vintage whose demise I would care about very much apart from Phill Jupitus and Phil Wilding except on the 'every death diminishes us 'cos it's, like, a real bummer, man' principle. Maybe Clare McDonnell (sp?) as she is geeky, unglamourous and slightly depressive in quite an endearing way :-)