In this week’s issue… WNYC morning host dies – FM signals poised for Northway commute – So long, Barry Burbank – CT LPFM ordered silent – Remembering Philly’s Shay, Big D’s Bishop

By SCOTT FYBUSH

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*When NEW YORK listeners tune in to WNYC (93.9/820) for “Morning Edition” this morning, they’ll be missing a familiar voice.

Richard Hake, whose calm demeanor was familiar to WNYC audiences over a career that lasted nearly 30 years, died suddenly on Friday, of what was reported as natural causes in a statement by the station.

Hake, who was just 51, began his career at Fordham University’s WFUV (90.7) and had also worked for commercial stations, including WOR, before landing at WNYC in 1992. He worked as a reporter, producer and fill-in host over the years at WNYC, including coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

“It was the position he always wanted, and he worked very hard to get there. He loved to say he ‘woke up New York,’ and he brought the same warmth and generosity to listeners that he shared with his colleagues everyday,” said WNYC CEO Goli Sheikholeslami in a statement.

“We know this incredibly difficult news is made only more challenging by our inability to be together in person. The newsroom is planning a tribute to celebrate Richard’s incredible legacy.”

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