Former KILO PD Rich Hawk Passes
March 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM (PT)
Former BAHAKEL Active Rock KILO/COLORADO SPRINGS PD RICH HAWK passed away peacefully at PENROSE MAIN HOSPITAL in COLORADO SPRINGS at around 9p last night according to HAWK's daughter CHELSEA. She told ALL ACCESS, "He went into a coma on FEBRUARY 19th. We don't know what caused the coma, but he never came out of it."
HAWK started at KPIK/COLORADO SPRINGS in 1976, which later became KILO in 1978. HAWK programmed the station until his retirement in 2006.
HAWK is widely regarded as the architect of KILO's success as a pioneer of the Active Rock format. The WIKIPEDIA listing of KILO notes, "The station is known for playing new bands well before many other stations will add them to their playlist and is usually one of the higher rated stations in COLORADO SPRINGS. Always in the top five, RICH HAWK, who programmed the station for 27 years is widely considered one of the 'fathers of Active Rock'."
HAWK was 59. Funeral Services are set for WEDNESDAY MARCH 13th at 11a at EVERGREEN CHAPEL, 1005 S Hancock, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:TESSA, 435 Gold Pass Heights, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80906.