Mike Phillips, Original KFRC-SF DJ
and former PD at K-EARTH, Dies
(October 17, 2006) Legendary personality and program director Mike Phillips died yesterday afternoon, following a two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64. Mike moved from his Santa Clarita home to Portland earlier this summer to be with his family.
Mike was one of the original 610 men at KFRC-San Francisco in 1966. Word of Mike’s passing came from his three-decade friend Tom Parker, who was with Mike when he passed away. Parker worked with Phillips starting in 1974 at KGW-Portland, then three stations in San Francisco, KYUU, K101, and KFRC.
“Mike had a great and wonderful career,” said Parker. “He invented the format that eventually became Soft AC with KOIT. A very successful guy with many different formats. What he did with K-EARTH was nothing short of incredible. They were 14th when he took over and kept them in the Top 5 the whole time he was there.”
Services for Mike are pending. You can email your condolences to Tom Parker at: firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be sure the emails get to Mike’s family.