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Died: March 15, 1993
Stations: KOSI Denver, WABB, Mobile, Ala., WSGN Birmingham, Ala. (PD), KLIF Dallas, KROQ Los Angeles, KINT-FM El Paso, Tex., KZZO-FM Clovis, N.M.
Also known as: The 'Bama Boy
Notes: Program director at WABB and WGSN. Owner of KINT-FM. Did 9 p.m.-midnight in the late '60s-early '70s at KLIF, where he was also music director. Died of brain tumor.
Died: July 27, 2012, Haverford, Pa.
Station: WDAS AM/FM Philadelphia
Also known as: Butterball
Notes: An Italian-American from south Philadelphia, he spent nearly 50 years at urban station WDAS as a program host, program director and advertising salesman beginning in 1964. Inducted into Philadelphia Music Walk Hall of Fame in 1997. Suffered from heart disease and diabetes. Died at the age of 70.
Died: November 20, 2004, Oakville, Ont.
Stations worked at: CHNS Halifax, CBC Radio, CJAD, CKGM, CFQR, CFCF Montreal, CHWO Oakville, Ont., CFCF-TV Montreal, CBC-TV
Notes: Was station manager at CJAD and general sales manager at CKGM. Hosted "The Tapp Room" on CBC in the 1950s, then "Carte Blanche" on CFCF-TV. Also appeared nationally on CBC-TV with the "Flashback", a panel-quiz show on CBC-TV. Was also the lead cartoon voice of "The Mighty Hercules". Died at 86 eight days before he was to be inducted into the CAB Hall of Fame.
Stations: WLTW New York
Died: October 13, 2003
Notes: Spent 14 years in overnights at WLTW after working in Long Island, Charleston, S.C., and New Jersey. Thomas suffered from heart problems.
Died: June 18, 2017
Also known as: The Tiger, birth name was William Wahl
Stations: WQXI, WGST Atlanta, WOR-FM, WNBC, WNEW-AM New York, WIP Philadelphia, KLAC Los Angeles
Notes: Named Bill Gavin Program Director of the Year at WIP in 1969. Hosted a show on NBC's Monitor and at the time was NBC's youngest staff announcer. Inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008. Died of leukemia at age 80.
Born: July 5, 1938, Rapid City, S.D.
Died: June 20, 2007, Sonora, Calif.
Also known as: Birth name was Terrence Francis Crilly
Stations: KMEN San Bernadino, Calif., KMAK Fresno, Calif., KHJ, KFI, KGIL Los Angeles, KSFX, KFRC, KSAN-KNEW San Francisco, KFGY (Froggy 92.9) Santa Rosa, Calif.
Notes: Was a first-generation Big-610 man at KMEN and an early Boss Jock at KHJ. Used to help break in the jocks at KHJ, often going months without a day off.
Stations: WOL Washington, D.C., WTCN, WDGY Minneapolis, WGAR, WHK Cleveland, KLAC Los Angeles, KXOA Sacramento, Calif., WNEW-AM New York
Notes: Was president of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. Manager at KLAC. Vice-president and GM at WNEW. GM at WGAR during the Don Imus era..
Born: July 12, 1948, Kermit, Tex.
Died: August 24, 2017, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Stations: WAYS Charlotte, N.C., WAPE Jacksonville, Fla., WXLO (99X), WKTU New York, KPWR (Power 106), SiriusXM
Also known as: Birth name was Jon Thomas Terrell.
Notes: Won Emmy for his work on "Murphy Brown." Also had recurring role on "Cheers" and made frequent appearances on "Late Night With David Letterman." Film credits include "Mr. Holland's Opus", "The Santa Clause 2" and "The Santa Clause 3." Nominated for Billboard Top 40 Air Personality of 1993. Died of cancer.
Born: October 6, 1943, Bergenfield, N.J.
Died: January 24, 1999
Nicknames: Birth name was Mary Felt.
Stations: WBLS, WRKS, WQCD, WQHT, WKTU New York, WKJY Garden City, N.Y.
Notes: Retired from radio in 1995 at age 52 to sail around the world. Died of brain cancer at age 55.
Died: May 13, 2007
Also known as: Was Johnny Williams at WMID and WRKO and Cat Simon on KHJ.
Stations: WBUX, WIBG Philadelphia, WAAT Trenton, N.J., WMID Atlantic City, N.J., WRKO Boston, KHJ, KMET Los Angeles, WKRQ Cincinnati, WDAI Chicago, KRLY Houston, KPRI San Diego
Notes: Died of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). In 2005, had his own Internet business with 30 employees and planned to retire in 2008.
Died: July 19, 1968
Also known as: He was Bobby Mitchell at KFRC, birth name was Michael Guerra
Stations: WMSN Raleigh, N.C., WIBG Philadelphia, KHJ Los Angeles, KYA, KFRC San Francisco
Notes: Did afternoon drive at KYA. Died of a chronic blood disorder.
Born: June 11, 1922, Port Chester, N.Y.
Died: Jan. 31, 2000, Northridge, Calif.
Also known as: The Curly Headed Kid in The Third Row (early in his career called himself The Bald Kid in the Third Row)
Stations: WEYL Royal Oak, Mich., KUDL, WHB Kansas City, KYA San Francisco, WMGM, WHN New York, KGFJ Los Angeles, WOHO Toledo, Ohio
Notes: Perhaps best known for involvement in the payola scandals and a 201-hour broadcasting marathon he did in 1959 while at WMGM. Died of an apparent stroke.
Born: April 18, 1944, Kearney, Neb.
Died: February 19, 2015
Also known as: Birth name was Art Ferguson, was Billy O'Day at KLEO
Stations: KGFW Kearney, Neb., KLEO Wichita, KOMA Oklahoma City, WMEX Boston, KHS, KROQ, KKDJ, KISS, KTNQ, KHTZ, KBZT, KRLA, KODJ/KCBS, KMPC/KABC, KIKF, KLAC, KBIG, KRTH Los Angeles
Notes: In addition to radio, did extensive TV and voiceover work. Was the announcer on The Mike Douglas Show and Scrabble. Hosted the syndicated radio shows Record Report and Oldies Calendar, was the morning personality on Music of Your Life and appeared for more than two decades on Armed Forces Radio. The Los Angeles Times voted him "rock dj of the year" in 1970. Tuna made the Top 10 in a 1997 readers poll by Los Angeles Radio People for the top radio personalities of the last 50 years. Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. Named to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.
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