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Austin Music mourns death of Larry Monroe

Great Larry photo by Tommy Holt of Third Eye Photography

Great Larry photo by Tommy Holt of Third Eye Photography


Austin Music mourned the death of iconic radio DJ Larry Monroe on January 17, 2014 – much like we did in 1990 when Stevie Ray Vaughan died.
I was listening to fellow Hoosier Larry Monroe on his Blue Monday KDRP show January 13 and noticed his voice was noticeably hoarse – so much so that he did not list the music he had been playing during the last hour at show’s end. When another DJ did his Phil Music show three days later, I figured Larry had gotten the flu.
I woke up today to the sad news that Larry had died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a hospital.
After moving to Austin for its music in 1978, I began listening to Larry on KUT Radio when he went on the air in 1981 eventually with four unique programs – Blue Monday, Phil Music, Segway City and Texas Radio. I have yet to experience such an amazing and eclectic DJ – and probably never will. Larry believed that a great song was great literature.

Bret Gerbe photo of Larry in his home

Bret Gerbe photo of Larry in his home


KUT’s official statement on Larry’s death failed to include how current station manager Stewart Vanderbilt cut the on-air hours of Larry and Paul Ray so they lost medical insurance and eventually got shoved out by his new KUT regime – a heartless move protested by tens of thousands of his fans including myself. Larry returned to the radio waves when he joined KDRP (100.1fm) a new radio station in Dripping Springs south of Austin in 2011.

Discover the wonder of Larry Monroe on his wonderful website and through Austin Chronicle writer Kevin Curtin’s January 17, 2014 article

Thanks to the KDRP Larry Monroe archives you can hear Larry on 100.1 fm every week – solarradio.com – Larry’s Blue Monday show airs from 9 to midnight (central time). His Phil Music is on Thursdays from 7 to 10pm – & repeats the next Sunday 8 to 11pm

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  1. November 22, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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