I’ve always loved music. Being around music has been the constant in my life and career. Classical at home, my first record player, concerts galore, working in a record store, practically living at all my college radio stations, and a radio career that wove its way through New York City eventually arriving here in the Bay Area twenty years ago.
For nearly twelve years, I have had a plum gig here at KDFC. Surrounded by all this superb music and an amazing staff—more best friends than co-workers. Sadly, Friday, June 21 is my final radio show here at KDFC. I leave you wonderful listeners and lovers of this music here in Northern California to start a new chapter in my life in Colorado. I have said it many times and it bears repeating: this decade at KDFC has been the finest radio experience of my long career.
Farewell and thank you for being my friends on the other side of the speakers.
From KDFC President Bill Lueth
We say goodbye to another KDFC star.
Ray White has been a KDFC favorite for years. Yes, that folksy, friendly guy you’ve been hearing in the morning since Hoyt Smith retired a couple of years ago is moving on. He’s not retiring. He’s making a fresh start in Denver where he can wind down his great career and settle into a new lifestyle. We will all miss him. He is a loveable colleague with a wonderful radio pedigree, and we were blessed to have him on the radio for so many years in the Bay Area. He had come to San Francisco from New York in 2000 to replace Hoyt Smith, coincidentally, on a now-defunct smooth jazz station. In 2008 that station changed formats and I asked Ray to bring his engaging talent to host weekends on KDFC. When KDFC became a non-profit station in 2011, we knew Ray’s talents would be important to helping us get on our feet as a non-profit station, and he became your afternoon drive host. When Hoyt retired a couple of years ago, Ray was, again, the perfect choice to fill those shoes. (He was the tallest guy we could find!) With his warm and calm voice, Bay Area listeners have continued to get off on the right note each morning with KDFC. Ray is a passionate music lover, a real charmer on the radio and off, and for the staff at KDFC, a good friend. We’re a tight-knit group, and he will always be a well-loved member of the family. We’re happy to say Hoyt will return to the flock to host your mornings this summer after Ray’s departure on June 21. Our difficult task to find a replacement for another broadcast legend has begun. Join me in wishing Ray-dio all the best and thanking him for being a wonderful friend on the radio at KDFC.
Bill (on behalf of all of us)
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