Paul Ray. 2000 photo by Sung Park / American-Statesman

Paul Ray, longtime DJ at KUT and KUTX and host of the station’s beloved “Twine Time” program, died Friday, the station has confirmed. He was 73.

Ray had been ill for several months and recently had stopped doing his radio program. His death came shortly after he returned home in hospice care.

Ray, born in 1942, was renowned as a musician with Austin blues bands the Cobras and Storm after moving here in 1970 from his native Dallas, playing with others who’d moved from Dallas including brothers Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

He’d attended the University of Texas from 1960 to 1963 before returning to be part of the blues scene that eventually became centered around Antone’s.