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Our colleague and friend Lee Kleinpeter has left the building.

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Our colleague and friend Lee Kleinpeter has left the building.

He was 73 years old when he suddenly passed away on Sunday, January 8. Until very recently, he routinely visited the station to produce music programs that helped define the identity of this station.

Lee’s depth of knowledge and aural imagination were as rich as his incomparable announcing style. Week in and week out, he produced and hosted Big Band Swings, Old Gold, Born on the Bayou, and, with Bill Boelens, Dirty Rice — “the longest-running Louisiana music program in the known universe,” as the tagline goes.

“Lee was already here when I started 30 years ago,” said veteran program host Cecil Doyle. “I have never known KRVS without him.”

Neither have many of his fans. When they visited the station, or in random conversations around Lafayette, listeners singled Lee out for praise.

We will miss his humor, his presence and his dedication to crafting great radio.

Please visit the station’s Facebook page for updates about services and tributes to Lee.