KPIG Newsman Travis T. Hipp Passes
May 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM (PT)
MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS Triple A KPIG/MONTEREY newsman TRAVUS T. HIPP passed away in his sleep overnight, GILROY PATCH reports. Part of the '60s hippie scene, HIPP was a contemporary of WAVY GRAVY and spent time at radio stations KSAN/SAN FRANCISCO and KZAP/SACRAMENTO before he signed up with KFAT/GILROY, which turned into KPIG in 1988.
A colorful character, the 75-year-old (born CHANDLER LAUGHLIN III) did his news reports by phone from his home in SILVER CITY, NV, because he thought CALIFORNIA was going to fall into the ocean. In 2008, he was arrested on-air by NEVADA police for growing 14 marijuana plants.
KPIG DJs were playing songs in his memory FRIDAY, including COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH's "Fixin' to Die Rag;" the station will do some kind of memorial on MONDAY. Family memorial details have not been divulged.