Rich Daneker, a Grays Harbor broadcasting legend for over 44 years, passed away Tuesday afternoon in Seattle after suffering a medical event, according to his family.
Rich Dee, or “The Dee,” as he is known to his many listeners, has been broadcasting on the local airwaves since 1970. He first cracked the mic at KGHO as a part-time air talent while going to Grays Harbor College and the University of Washington.
Rich started broadcasting at KXRO/KDUX, (Grays Harbor Radio Group) in 1982, where he most recently performed afternoon drive on KDUX “Classic Rock” and morning fill-in on KXRO Newsradio. Rich was known for his incredibly smooth delivery and rich, resonating voice. Rich also took great pride in being affectionately known to his friends and audience as “the Friend of Those Who Want No Friends” and “Part-time Dress Makers Dummy.”
“We are heart-broken. We’ve lost a friend, a co-worker, mentor and the best broadcaster I have ever known. This community has been so fortunate to have had a professional like Rich D. in its presence. He’s interviewed generations of kids on his radio show, donated his skills to countless events and taught many of us ‘up and coming’ radio hopefuls what it’s like to be a pro. He leaves an enormous void in our radio family and we will never forget his generous contributions to our community,” said Pat Anderson, Operations Manager of Grays Harbor Radio Group.
There are plans for a private family internment. A Celebration of Life is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Aberdeen Elks Lodge. There will be a private service for family and friends.
Cards of condolence can be sent to Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen, Wa. who is handling the arrangements.