Longtime Tulsa radio personality Phil Stone dies
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Thursday, November 22, 2012
11/22/12 at 5:05 AM
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.
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.
Before Stone's departure from KMOD, he tweeted: "Thanks for the interest ... but we've decided not to do any media interviews. Gonna just sing Happy Trails and slither away."
The cause of Stone's death has not been announced.
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