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Sunday, 19 August 2012 13:18

Remembering Tim Mize

Tim Mize (left) and Matt Meyers (right) Tim Mize (left) and Matt Meyers (right) Courtesy of Tim and essay writer Matt
Written by Roy Kasten
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Sad news came across the wires last night: Tim Mize -- a longtime KDHX volunteer and a central figure on the St. Louis punk scene -- has passed away after suffering a brain aneurism and a massive stroke.

Along with his compadre Matt Meyers, Tim hosted the Super Fun Happy Hour on 88.1 KDHX for over 14 years, finally retiring in 2011. I didn't know him well, but I loved the radio he produced -- clever, edgy, imaginative and loud -- and I had the pleasure of interviewing him last year.

You can read the full interview with Tim and Matt here. This is one choice quote:

One thing I would like to mention is that, when I came here to be involved in radio, KDHX turned me on to so much more than just what I listened to at that time. I remember before I came down to volunteer, I would listen to KWUR. It was such a long time ago, but they had a radio show, "Beat Down Babylon," that opened me up to reggae music. Then I got turned on to KDHX. I started listening to blues and all kinds of different things. I realized KDHX was in my neighborhood and I needed to get involved. And that opened me up to other things.

There's a nice memorial page for Tim on Facebook. He was a great guy and will be missed by many.

Update: There will be a memorial gathering for Tim Mize on Saturday, August 25 in Carondolet Park (site 1A near the entrance at Grand and Loughborough) at 1 p.m. The gathering will move to the Way Out Club afterward, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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