Three months ago KSCS-FM morning man Mark "Hawkeye" Louis said "see you soon" to his longtime radio partner and friend Terry Dorsey on the occasion of his retirement. This morning Hawkeye said goodbye to Terry, following Dorsey's sudden death Saturday night at his home outside Peoria, Ill., at the age of 66.
This morning's on-air tribute to Dorsey was as heartbreaking and as hilarious as you'd expect from friends and fans struggling to make sense of the weekend's sad turn. This is why local terrestrial radio will never disappear. Where else can mourners gather at a moment's notice to talk about their heavy, broken hearts unmolested by trolls lurking in the comments?
"Trapper" John Morris, assistant program director at KSCS and the show's producer, was kind enough to send us two clips from the morning show: Pat Green's call-in and Hawkeye's sign-off. Said Green, he was "just blown away" by the news. He also did a pretty good Terry Dorsey impression.
Said Green, "He was always so affirming of what we were trying to accomplish in Texas music." Terry, he told Hawkeye, was "the voice of your lifetime" if you grew up listening to country radio 'round these parts. That just about nails it.