Colleagues React To Passing Of Dallas Country Radio Icon Terry Dorsey
March 9, 2015 at 3:10 AM (PT)
As ALL ACCESS first reported SUNDAY (3/8), legendary CUMULUS Country KSCS/DALLAS-FT. WORTH morning host TERRY DORSEY, who retired in DECEMBER after over 40 years in radio and 26 years in mornings at KSCS, has passed away. DORSEY died of apparent natural causes on SATURDAY (3/8).
In an internal memo to CUMULUS/DALLAS staffers, Market Manager DAN BENNETT said, “As you know, TERRY's impact on DALLAS radio was huge and he was a great friend to all of us and one of radio's great performers.”
DORSEY's former on-air partner MARK "HAWKEYE" LOUIS, who continued as host of KSCS' morning show after DORSEY's retirement, said in a FACEBOOK post on SUNDAY, "It comes with deep sadness that I have to report the passing of my longtime friend and cherished colleague, TERRY DORSEY. TERRY retired from KSCS in DECEMBER and had hoped to live out his retirement on a farm in ILLINOIS. Last night, I received a call from his family that TERRY had passed away peacefully at home. TERRY had not been feeling well these past few days and it was rather sudden. Tomorrow morning we'll remember TERRY and allow listeners to comment on what he meant to them. We'd like to encourage you to share this and leave comments as this would bring comfort to his family."
KSCS-KPLX OM J.R. SCHUMANN said, "I, like most everyone else, am just in complete and total shock. TERRY wasn't just a radio host, he was an icon that shaped an industry. I'm better for having known him."
After a decade in Top 40 at WFKY-A/FRANKFORT, KY and at stations in RICHMOND, IN and COLORADO SPRINGS, DORSEY began his career in Country radio at WONE/DAYTON, OH in 1977. He moved to DALLAS in 1982 at Country KPLX, and eventually moved across the street in 1986 for wakeups at Country rival KSCS, where he remained until his retirement in DECEMBER (NET NEWS 12/09/14). His career in radio totaled 50 years, 33 of which were spent in DALLAS, 26 at KSCS.
DORSEY was honored with the CMA Personality of the Year Award in 1986 and was a 2006 inductee into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.
DORSEY and his family had moved to ILLINOIS following his retirement last year.