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Mike Thompson, the longtime host of big band and swing music on the local KCEA (89.1 FM) radio station, died unexpectedly April 6, according to the station's general manager, Michael Isaacs.
KCEA plans an on-air tribute to Mr. Thompson at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13. KCEA can be heard over the air and online at http://www.kcea.org .
Mr. Thompson, who hosted programs on Friday night and Saturday afternoon and an annual New Year's Eve broadcast, was 73. He began hosting programs in 1987 and his last broadcast was a week ago last Friday, Mr. Isaacs said.
"His Friday night request program became a staple in thousands of homes throughout the country," said Mr. Isaacs. "During the past several years his popularity increased via KCEA's Internet streaming audio."
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Chapel of Flowers in San Jose.
A native of Cadillac, Michigan, he lived in San Jose.
The commercial-free station, which has been on the air for 28 years, is owned by the Sequoia Union High School District and has studios at Menlo-Atherton High School.