Dusty Street, who became one of rock music’s disc jockey pioneers while on FM radio, has died at 77 years old. Street’s fans will remember her from her stint at famed Los Angeles radio station KROQ. She worked there from the late 1970s through the late 1990s.
Previously, Street had a gig at KPMX and KSAN, two notable San Francisco stations, from 1967 until 1978. After leaving terrestrial radio, Street worked for SiriusXM’s Deep Tracks channel. Sometimes, she would sub for a DJ over on the Classic Vinyl channel.
“We are heartbroken,” Deep Tracks shared. “Fly Low Dear Friend and Avoid the Radar.” Street would close out her radio shows by saying that previous statement.
“I’ve always thought radio should be a combination of entertainment and education,” Street said in a 2009 interview, according to Pitchfork. “I’m living and working in a place where you get to educate people without jamming it down their throat.”
Dusty Street Appeared In Documentary
This year, Street made an appearance in the San Francisco Sounds documentary. KLOS disc jockey Geno Michellini shared news of Street’s death on Facebook after spending her last two days at her side in Eugene, Oregon. “She died peacefully, quietly, and surrounded by love in a beautifully serene location overlooking the most beautiful lake you could ever want,” he wrote. “There will never be another Dusty Street. The queen is gone, but she’ll never be forgotten.”
Katherine Boyd, who sometimes works as a fill-in DJ on Classic Vinyl, posted this on her Twitter feed: “Just learned the lovely, wickedly witty & hilarious Dusty Street passed away last night. Dusty took me under her wing when I started at @SiriusXM Classic Vinyl in 2017. She was patient, kind & generous with her knowledge. “Fly Low And Avoid The Radar”.”
Greg Roberson, who also works over at Deep Tracks on SiriusXM, wrote the following tribute on his Twitter account: “My friend Dusty Street has passed away after 77 joyous trips around the sun. And yes, Dusty Street was her real name. Dusty and I have worked together for years sharing music on SiriusXM. Fly Low Dear Friend and Stay off the Radar Baby I Love You”.
Funeral and/or memorial arrangements have not been announced.
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