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June 27, 2022


The deep voice of Dale Van Horn was silenced Thursday morning.

The famed Top 40 disc jockey Dale Van Horn, a legendary figure in the 1970s at AM giant WKIX in the Triangle, died Thursday of organ failure. He was 53.

Van Horn died at a hospital after showing up at work not feeling well. Born in Valdez in the western North Carolina mountains, Van Horn was visually impaired and attended the Morehead School for the Blind, where he played piano in Ronnie Milsaps' band.

In recent years, Van Horn worked as production director and afternoon drive-time host with WKSU (101.1 FM), a Triangle station that reaches a Triad audience.

``We've had a lot of calls, all day long,' said Mike Sleyman, operations manager for WKSU. ``He was a talented individual, not just a radio host.'

Dale loved all kinds of music, particularly country and beach music.

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