NATION’S ELDEST RADIO BROADCASTER DIES
The very heart and soul of KSQM Radio, Bob Massey, Senior Broadcaster, passed away early this morning.
Bob’s loving family and his KSQM family made sure he was never short for company during his recent illness. Bob fought the good fight, and never stopped sharing his love, nor his great smile. He proved beyond a doubt that he was, in fact, nothing less than “Classy”. When asked about his seven decades on the radio, Massey stated that his favorite part of the job was “making his listeners smile”.
Born March 9, 1925 in the small town of Rutherford, Tennessee, and raised in Nashville, Bob joined the Army and was shipped out to Europe in time to join in with General Patton’s Third Army. Bob was with the 76th Infantry Division, taking part in the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central European campaigns. It was during this tour of duty that Bob first worked in radio for the Armed Forces Radio Network. Thereafter, in civilian life, he worked radio from one end of the country to the other, including Palm Beach and Miami Florida, to Anchorage Alaska, and finally Tacoma and Yakima in Washington State. Massey was in the studios of KHAR on the Good Friday evening of March 27, 1964 when the great 9.3 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska.
Bob helped launch KSQM radio, and his was the very first voice heard over the air waves for KSQM on December 7th, 2008. Radio listeners know him as “Classy Bob Massey” and his daily morning program has been the most popular show on KSQM for the past seven years. Bob was recently honored as the most senior radio broadcaster in the United States, receiving special congratulations from the Washington State Legislature and recognition from the City of Sequim, and the adoration of all local broadcast listeners, as well as those around the world on ksqmfm.com.
Our community radio would not be in existence without his tireless work, professionalism and devotion.
He will be greatly missed.
Details of any planned memorial service, will be forthcoming. Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors of Sequim Community Broadcasting, KSQM radio, and the entire family of KSQM volunteers and staff, our sympathy and sincere condolences go out to Bob’s family.
A FULL NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON BOB’S PASSING IS AVAILABLE HERE AT THE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS WEBSITE