The people who worked alongside Tim Davis at WNRN described this past week as a nightmare they couldn’t wake up from. “When something as completely unforeseen as an event like this occurs you’re struck,” said WNRN News Director, Tad Abbey.
Despite knowing Davis’ condition was bleak, his death Friday still came as a shock. WNRN’s Board Chairman, Maynard Sipe posted the following statement on the stations Web site Friday afternoon:
“All of us at the station understood over the past few days that Tim’s condition continued to be critical, but news of his passing is still a shock. Everyone associated with the station is grieving.” Davis hosted a nightly rock show and a show every Tuesday and Friday night, called “The Boombox.”
“His listeners loved him, they defiantly had their own idea of who ‘DJ Prolapse’ was, and he brought a lot of party to a lot of people every night,” said Abbey. All week, WNRN has been fielding phone calls from listeners offering their condolences.
“We’re a community radio station and we’re part of the community. Part of the whole Charlottesville/Central Virginia community is gone,” said Abbey.
Abbey says Davis’ death leaves a void in the local radio community. “We don’t know how it will be filled per say, but his humor and his love of just getting listeners to react and have a fun time with him, is gonna be a giant hole to fill,” said Abbey.
Currently, a roster of volunteers is stepping up to fill-in for Davis on the air, and there are no long-term plans. Abbey says anger has yet to set in, and right now their thoughts are with Davis’ family. “Nothing more. The judicial force will work the way it’s meant to work, but we lost him, his family lost him,” said Davis.
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