The website for Lansing Community College radio station WLNZ-FM 89.7 has reported that Tim VanHouten, a longtime Lansing radio personality, passed away as a result of lung and bone cancer on September 25th, 2006.
VanHouten began his radio career as the midday personality for WITL-AM/FM in the early 1980's, under the air name Tim Morris. He moved across town to WILS-FM (LS-102) in 1984, where he changed his on-air name to Tim Wilson, and assumed the evening shift. A year later, VanHouten moved to WMMQ-FM 92.7 as morning personality, and was with the station when it abandoned its Adult Contemporary format to become the first FM station in the United States to program a Classic Rock format.
VanHouten left the radio business in Michigan in the late 1980's, but returned in recent years as an air personality for WJIM-FM (formerly Oldies 97.5, now The New 97.5). Earlier this year, he moved northward to Houghton Lake, where he was the morning personality for Classic Hits WUPS-FM 98.5. Tim VanHouten was 52 at the time of his passing.
Contributions toward Mr. VanHouten's hospital and internment expenses are being accepted through WLNZ's website.