Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 10, 2007




WITL program director Jay J. McCrae dies suddenly

A big shock for Citadel Broadcasting this morning as Jay J. McCrae, program director for country WITL FM 100.7 Lansing and WFBE FM 95.1 Flint, died unexpectedly yesterday from an apparent heart attack at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids where he was waiting to board a flight.

In addition to his programming duties, he had been hosting the 6-10pm shift on WITL. He is survived by wife Jordan Lee, WITL midday host- the pair had been married for over twenty years.

Lansing State Journal:

Jay J. McCrae, a popular country-music disc jockey and administrator, died Sunday. McCrae, 49, was program director and evening DJ at WITL (100.7-FM). Earlier, he was also the station's morning man; at times, he was the most listened-to person in local radio. "He sculpted the sound and the feeling of that station," said Ray Marshall, who was operations manager of local Citadel Broadcasting for a decade. "I will miss that guy tremendously," said Greg Capogna, who first brought McCrae to town. "He was a radio gem." McCrae's approach was passionate, said Charles McLravy, who once hired him for a competing station. "He was such a radio guy and he was on top until the day he died," he said. That was apparently of natural causes, in Grand Rapids ... There will not be a funeral service and visitiation that is open to the public. Instead, there will be an "open house remembering Jay J. McCrae" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the station, 3200 Pine Tree Road. It will be a Toys For Tots fundraiser, with details pending... Popular WITL DJ Jay J. McCrae died Sunday (Mon, 9/10)







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