John Ailey, the old Austin Morning Voice on KUT and KUTX, is dead

John Ailey, the old Austin Morning Voice on KUT and KUTX, is dead

John Ailey, the gentle and distinguished narrator of the morning voyages of the Austenites, has died for generations. The local radio host was a long time ago 76.

“We are saddened to inform you that our beloved friend and colleague John Ailey passed away shortly before 8 a.m.,” Austin stations KUT and KUTX said in a statement on Sunday. “It has been a pleasure working with him, and he has been so important to what KUT and KUTX have become.”

In recent years, Aielli has suffered several health setbacks, including a heart attack in 2012 and a stroke in 2020. After the latter, Aielli stepped back from his regular air duties at the station.

From 2012:Conversations with John Ailey of Kuwait University of Technology

Longtime KUT/KUTX radio host John Ailey, appearing here on the station in 2012, has suffered several health setbacks in recent years.

During his tenure with KUT and KUTX – more than half a century – his classically trained baritone and show “Eklektikos” eased the city into a new day, with everything from classic rock to classic rock. A beloved figure in Austin, he was a major fundraiser for the public radio station, as well as a connecting force between listeners and community arts organizations. For years, he hosted the station’s beloved vacation at the Capitol.

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