Thursday, December 13, 2012

R.I.P.: Kathy Hall, WEZJ Williamsburg, KY Newscaster

A popular Southern Kentucky radio personality, and pioneer of a program created to tackle environmental problems in southern and eastern Kentucky, passed away Monday following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The reports Kathy Hall, 51, of Corbin, died Monday at Baptist Regional Medical Center. Friends and family are remembering her this week as a selfless volunteer, ubiquitous community journalist, and devoted mother and wife.

Hall was perhaps best known as veteran News Director at EZ Country WEZJ 104.3-FM in Williamsburg. Her voice was an everyday fixture for tens of thousands of eastern Kentuckians who listened to her broadcasts for daily news pertinent to their lives, as well as to the station’s popular morning show format.

“Most people knew Kathy as just a voice on the radio, but they didn’t know her personally,” said David Estes, owner and general manager of WEZJ and WEKX. “You can’t separate Kathy Hall from the news on EZ Country. She will always be a part of it. There may be a different voice on there, but a little bit of her will be in everything they do.”

Hall was diagnosed with advance pancreatic cancer over the summer and initially fought the disease with aggressive chemotherapy. She knew from the outset it was terminal. Estes said she was an extraordinarily “tough individual” who never wanted to give up on her job at the radio station, regardless of how physically taxing it was for her following her diagnosis. She was on the job up until just three weeks ago.

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