We learned on Friday that Curtis Media Group’s WQDR PD Lisa McKay would be taking an indefinite leave of absence to battle cancer. Sunday morning she passed away. McKay was only 54. Curtis Media Group Founder Don Curtis told Radio Ink, “McKay was one of the most passionate and devoted associates I have ever had. She leaves a legacy and example that will be difficult to follow.”
GM Trip Savery said, “It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of Lisa’s passing. She had a tremendous and positive impact on so many people’s lives and careers, and will be greatly missed by all of us. Please send your love, support, and prayers to Lisa and her family.”
CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne said, “ We have unexpectedly lost one of the finest broadcasters I have known during my entire career in Lisa McKay. She was a consummate winner in our business and The best friend you could hope to have as a person. Lisa will truly be missed by all that knew her! I was blessed and honored to have her as a friend and colleague all these years.”
WQDR has posted a tribute wall for Lisa on their website, where friends, listeners, and colleagues can post prayers and words of encouragement for Lisa.
Late last week, McKay said, “I am grateful beyond belief for the opportunity given to me by Curtis Media Group, and I know this team will continue to excel.”
Every year, including this year, McKay is near the top of Radio Ink’s Best Country PD’s in America list.
Country Radio consultant Joel Raab said, “Lisa was a vibrant, inquisitive, creative person who was incredibly successful in everything she did. So sad that she’s gone too soon.”