Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 17, 2014
Update: KDRP reports Larry Monroe was taken to the hospital this morning with respiratory problems and died a short time later. He was 71.
A private burial service will take place in Hartford City, Ind., with a public memorial service in Austin planned, as well. Details have not yet been finalized.
Earlier: Dripping Springs radio station KDRP has posted a message on their Web site that much-loved Austin DJ Larry Monroe has died suddenly.
Monroe was a longtime fixture on Austin public radio affiliate KUT 90.5 FM where he worked for 29 years programming a diverse set of shows including Blue Monday, Segway City, Texas Radio, Phil Music and Folkways.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Monroe," KUT director and general manager Stewart Vanderwilt said via email.
"He was, and will always be a part of KUT’s music legacy. After 29 years at KUT, he extended his career and influence at KDRP. We share our condolences with his longtime partner, close friends and radio fans far and wide."
Some of the archives from Monroe’s KUT shows are available on his Web site.
We are devastated to announce the passing of KDRP’s patriarch, Larry Monroe. He was a pillar of both the Austin and music worlds - a renowned on-air personality, a musician’s advocate, and a dear friend to all of us here at KDRP. He’s a legend, plain and simple.
This news is sudden and unexpected, and at this time we do not have any further information. Please stay tuned to the radio station that Larry helped us to build for updates regarding services as they become available.
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