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Detroit Icon Ken Calvert Passes at 72

December 22, 2023

Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert, who was on Detroit radio for over 40 years, died on Wednesday. He was 72.  He worked for several Detroit rock stations, such as WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WWWW-FM, WLLZ-FM and others. He was also a Detroit Pistons PA announcer for 16 years.  Calvert also served as an entertainment reporter for WDIV-TV during his career.

Born and raised in Detroit, Calvert graduated from Brother Rice High School. He went on to attend Oakland Community College and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids

Calvert retired from WCSX on Dec. 20, 2013 and launched "The Ken Calvert Show" podcast.

"Ken Calvert was among the first people I ever met in the radio business in Detroit in 1975," said retired Detroit radio host Jim Johnson to WJBK-TV. "Our careers intertwined from WWWW in the mid 70s, to WRIF in the late 70s and early 80s, to WLLC in the 80s and 90s, to WCSX in the 2000s." Calvert will be remembered as "a mentor, a friend, and a compatriot," Johnson added. "The world is a more sad place today than it was yesterday. God bless you Ken Calvert, rest in peace."

Calvert's wife Ann told WXYZ-TV that she's feeling the love from so many people telling her how much they loved listening to him. She also said he loved the city of Detroit and working with the Pistons.

Thursday morning in a blog post, Fred Jacobs shared his memories of Ken Calvert. Jacobs and Calvert worked together at WRIF, writing "My sincere condolences to Ken's wife, Ann, and his family and huge network of friends, his radio audiences over decades who spent their days listening to his great hosting and his companionship. Ken was a dear colleague and friend to so many of us. He will be so missed."

Radio's Best Friend, Michigan's own Art Vuolo, Jr. shared this video tribute to Calvert:

Ken Calvert Tribute from Art Vuolo on Vimeo.

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