KPIG's Laura Ellen Hopper Passes
May 29, 2007 at 5:33 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of Eclectic KPIG-F/FREEDOM-SANTA CRUZ, CAl; KPIG-A/PIEDMONT-SAN FRANCISCO; and KPYG/CAMBRIA-SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA co-founder and PD LAURA ELLEN HOPPER, who died MONDAY from complications of lung cancer at 57.
HOPPER, who was diagnosed with cancer only two weeks ago, hosted middays at the adventurous Americana-AAA station. She partnered with attorney LEO KESSELMAN to launch KPIG in 1988 after co-founding the station's infamous predecessor, Rock-Country KFAT/GILROY, CA, with then-husband JEREMY LANSMAN in 1974. KPIG is now owned by MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS. HOPPER is survived by her husband, KPIG GM FRANK CAPISTRA.