Myron Anderson, a three-decade-plus DJ at Texas Southern University's radio station, passed away on Thursday. He was 63 years old.
"Myron was a local radio legend and 32-year host of KTSU's popular Listening Back with Myron and Dave," reads a statement supplied to Rocks Off by Anderson's publicist, Danye' Roland.
"The family continues to stand in need of your prayers," writes Roland. "No further details are available at this time. The family sincerely appreciates all of the love and concern shown during Myron's brief illness."
Funeral services are pending, according to Roland.
Anderson, who became sick on Sunday, was the longtime host of Listening Back, which featured soul jams from the Motown era and beyond. We wrote him up back in 2011 as he was christening 30 years of service at KTSU 90.9 FM.
From now on, when we tune into KTSU on Friday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m., our ears will remain clear. However, our hearts will be heavy.
UPDATE: February 8, 7:05 a.m. Slick Rick Lauderdale is holding down Anderson's Listening Back show this morning and playing the jams, just like Myron did for 32 years.
Along with music that fits the mood (Diana Ross' "I'm Missing You" and Sam Cooke's "Sad Mood"), the first hour of the four-hour show featured cuts like The Temptations' "Smiling Faces Sometimes" and Al Green's "Call Me (Come Back Home)."
Lauderdale will be on the air and taking requests at 713-313-4354 until 10 a.m. today. The DJ said that folks from Worthing High School, Anderson's alma mater, are jamming the phone lines. It must be true: Rocks Off tried calling to request Minnie Riperton's "Memory Lane," but the line kept ringing and ringing.
At 6:01 a.m., instead of Myron's voice, listeners heard a pre-recorded message announcing his death. Indeed, we're in a sad mood this morning.
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It is with heartfelt sorry that we, the KTSU and Texas Southern University family, announce the passing of one of its dearest members: Myron Anderson, TSU alumnus and host of Listening Back since its inception in 1981, passed Thursday, February 7, after a brief illness.
We join with the Anderson family in requesting prayers as we go through this most difficult of times. He will not only be missed by us, but by the Houston community for his 32-year presence here at the station and his community outreach in helping others. Arrangements for his home-going celebration are pending, but keep listening to KTSU Choice 90.9 FM for additional information. He will be dearly missed.