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KDHX DJ Patrick Wolfe says he's going off air but hopes to return some day.
Patrick Wolfe, one of the gems among St. Louis’ radio disc jockeys, is going off the air, he announced today.
Wolfe was nearing the end of his late-morning show on KDHX when began describing his time on air and warned listeners he had to drop a “bomb” on them.
“Unfortunately that’s going to be coming to an end in two weeks,” Wolfe told his audience. “April 1 is going to be the last Interstate
Wolfe, who was named the Riverfront Times
“Best FM Radio Personality
” in 2012, is a volunteer at KDHX, and the show’s 10 a.m to noon time slot apparently conflicts with a new work schedule at his job. He’s hopeful he’ll be able to return as soon as the independent radio station’s leadership can find him a new time.
"I'm not going away forever, but I will be off the air for a little while — could be a few months, could be a year,” Wolfe said. “I don't know. It just depends how things go."
Reached for comment, Kelly Wells, the interim director of KDHX, said this:
We are so sorry that Pat has to take a break from the Interstate. His work schedule has changed and he won't be available anymore at his current time slot. The decision was his alone.
We would love for Pat to return in a time slot that fits his schedule, but right now, there are no openings. As soon as there is one, we'll work to get Pat back on air.
The longtime DJ has been a steady hand at station. The opposite of showy, he prefers to let the music be the star, playing a mix of Americana, alt-country, local bands and rock from the ‘80s and '90s. His set list on Friday included The Call’s “Turn a Blind Eye,” a rock version of “Everyday People” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Talking Heads singing “Lifetime Piling Up.”
On air, Wolfe sounded like he was struggling with the news, even as he tried to assure listeners he'd be back some day.
“And I just want to thank everyone who’s been listening for the last seven and a half years and the people who’ve called me every week,” Wolfe said. “You know who you are — you’re my friends. And, yeah, it’s just, uh, it’s hard to let go of, but like I said it’s not forever. It’s just for now — as Jay Farrar once said.”
With that, he played himself off with a song that he described as appropriate, “Disappearing” by The Sinceros.
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