Rock and Roll Heaven

Radio personality Jaan McCoy died while he was at work on Saturday. He was found in the studio at Westwood One in Dallas. His weekend show was carried on Classic Hits stations around the country, including WNOX.

I was in my car and listening at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday when I noticed the deejay’s break was missing. I called the Westwood One operations center in Denver to tell them. At the time, I thought there was a technical problem and that WNOX had somehow lost its connection to the network. Neither the network technician nor I had any idea that the segments were missing because Jaan had died in Dallas.

I was shocked to learn of Jaan’s death on Monday morning when I read about it in Radio Ink’s daily email digest. I sent a quick email to his co-workers, expressing my sympathy. Jay Fox wrote back to say, “It was a pretty rough weekend. We are all saddened by the loss of our dear friend Jaan.”

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