Friday, November 23, 2012

R.I.P.:Former Tulsa Radio Personality Phil Stone

UPDATE 11/28/12: A public memorial service for longtime Tulsa radio personality Phil Stone has been set for 5 p.m. Thursday 11/29/12 at the Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa.

Records show that he died of natural causes brought on by heart disease.  A native of Fayetteville, Ark., Stone began his on-air career in Fayetteville as a disc jockey at KKEG. 

UPDATE 11/24/12: Stone, whose legal name was Phillip Wayne Riddle, is survived by five children and three grandchildren
Stone died Wednesday at age 57. His services are pending with Heath-Griffith Funeral Home.

Stone was the longtime co-host of the "Phil and Brent Show" on KMOD-FM 97.5 with Brent Douglas. The show’s nearly 27-year run ended without explanation Oct. 12.

Original posting...

Phil Stone, the longtime co-host of the Phil and Brent Show on KMOD-FM 97.5, has died, the station confirmed Wednesday.

The show hosted by Stone and Brent Douglas ended its nearly 27-year run Oct. 12 without explanation.  (Click Here for original posting)

Tulsa World reports program director Don Cristi posted a statement to the station's website Wednesday, saying: "I was informed just minutes ago that Phil Stone has passed away. Brent confirmed the news to me and I have few other details."

Cristi told the Tulsa World later Wednesday evening that "this is a huge loss."

"It is literally like losing a member of your family," he said. Stone "had to be the greatest radio personality in this market."

Douglas, Stone's co-host, gained notoriety as the voice of "Roy D. Mercer," a character created in 1993 who performed prank calls on unsuspecting listeners. The character's popularity resulted in the release of 17 live albums beginning in 1997.

The cause of Stone's death has not been announced.

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