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Radio legend Bob Vizza passes away

A mainstay of Lafayette radio has passed away.

Posted: Apr. 20, 2018 6:20 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A mainstay of Lafayette radio has passed away.


Disc jockey Bob Vizza died Thursday night after an extended illness. Vizza first hit the airwaves in Lafayette in the 80s on what was then known as WXUS-FM. He made the switch to country music at WKOA-FM in 1989 and worked there until last year.

Vizza's former boss, WKOA Program Director Shamus, says he's going to miss Bob dearly.

"I used to come in here during his shift if I needed a pick me up," Shamus said. "Come in [the studio] and spend 10 minutes talking to Bob Vizza and he'd make you feel better about what you were doing and better about yourself. That's what I'm going to miss the most."

Shamus said Vizza never worked a day in his life.

"When you love what you're doing, you never work. Bob believed that 100 percent. He loved coming in here. He couldn't wait to get on the air. A cup of Coffee, a microphone and some headphones and he was good to go," Shamus said.

Vizza once told an interviewer that he decided to become a disc jockey because the radio was his companion during a lengthy hospital stay as a young child. He was 65 years old. Arrangements are pending at Hippensteel Funeral Home in Lafayette.

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