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Mack, 64, spun records at KIMN, KTLK and KBTR during the 60's and 70's and attracted thousands of listeners with the bizarre, comedic group of characters: Niles Lischness, Farley McCloot and Betty Jo Bioloski.
Mack had most recently worked at KOOL-FM in Denver, spending much of the last ten years at the station.
Macks' failing health forced his retirement in January. Born in Michigan, Mack had no immediate family in Denver.
As quoted in the March 3rd Denver Post, Hal Moore recalled his friend and colleague as a James Bond aficionado.
"He fancied himself as James Bond," Moore said. "He wore an ascot and drove a Jaguar. I can just picture him. He made a great vodka gimlet."
Jay Mack. Gone, but forever with us...
Jack Merker, 63, was strangled and left in a utility closet in the home of a friend, Palm Springs police said. A 22-year-old man police say was last seen with Merker at a nearby bar has been arrested in connection with the killing.
Merker, who retired in 1999, had a long career in broadcasting.
Merker had spent several years as an on-air personality and executive in Southern California.
Police are trying to figure out what led to Merker's death.
Friends and colleagues said Merker changed the face of news radio in San Diego by making it more lively and competitive. He also launched the careers of many, including talk show hosts Roger Hedgecock and Michael Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan.
"Jack was just a master" of knowing what the audience craved, said longtime colleague and friend Gayle Falkenthal. "With an audience of any sort, he just had an uncanny ability to say, 'This is what they want,' and give it to them."
He was told "there is no ratings for a format like this" and after just 4 months on KLZ he would have to take a demotion from the 3-7p M-F shift to a Fri- Sat- Sun night part-time show only. Reluctantly DaBoogieman said..... "no". :(
UPDATE: Boogie has resurfaced at KOOL-FM!