KUCR's Bill Elledge Dies
March 16, 2009 at 5:22 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE noncommercial KUCR/RIVERSIDE, CA founder, host and Chief Engineer BILL ELLEDGE, who died MARCH 11 after a long illness at 62.
ELLEDGE helped launch KUCR in 1965 and served as CE from 1966 through his passing, and also hosted "The 7 PM Show" on the station from 1971 through 2008. He also served as News Director in 1968-69 and worked with the school's HIGHLANDER and TARTAN publications, and also served as a contract engineer with crosstown KPRO-A.
KUCR Director/GM LOUIS VANDENBERG said, "BILL ELLEDGE helped build KUCR from scratch and took possession of it as its Chief Engineer. With BILL, everything was done right, always. Every aspect of the station as it is today was built by him. BILL was, without a doubt, completely committed to KUCR. He was selfless with his time and boundless with love of the station, its mission and the UCR campus. He wasn’t simply a superb and resourceful broadcast engineer. He was a wonderful original, with an unforgettable personality, profound intelligence and a deep knowledge of music, history, culture and politics. BILL was extremely articulate and would discuss all this and more at length on the air in his unique deep radio voice. That voice, very sadly, is now silenced. We at KUCR are very grateful for the gift that was BILL ELLEDGE and will never forget his unparalleled contribution to KUCR, the UCR campus and our lives. May he rest in peace."