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Funeral plans still pending for Richmond radio personality

Mitch Malone succumbed to natural causes on Nov. 25

11/26/2013, 2:13 p.m.
Mitch Malone (left) with Reggie Howell, also a radio personality in Richmond

Funeral plans are still pending for Mitch Malone, the Radio One personality who hosted the Quiet Storm since 2005.

Malone dies on Monday, Nov. 25 of "natural causes", according to Radio One.

The Quiet Storm show has been #1 for many years.

“Mitch was the calm in the storm," said radio One Vice-President and General Manager Linda Forem. "He has without a doubt one of the best most soothing voices to ever be on Richmond radio or television.

"I recall during the horrible storms over the years, when thousands of people had lost their electricity and were only able to stay connected via the radio, listening to Mitch truly soothed us. I got letters from listeners telling me that without Mitch, they would have been frightened. He was also a very proud Alumni of Virginia State University, where his daughter graduated as well.

"We’re in complete shock here, and trying to digest this terrible circumstance.”

A Petersburg native and VSU alum, Malone was active in his community and was a member of the Gillfield Baptist Church family. He frequently spoke to youth groups in schools and at community events encouraging young people to strive to be all they can be and to work harder for a better future.

In addition, his final post on his Facebook page on Sunday, Nov. 24 expressed his true feelings for his life, his faith, his community, his family and his Radio One home:

“As we move closer to that special day set aside for Thanksgiving, Dr. George W. C. Lyons, Jr., my Pastor at Gillfield Baptist Church reminded us all today that we should be "Thankful" each and every day for each and every blessing. As we witness the many challenges and tragic events that come about week to week, we realize there is so much to be Thankful for because the Lord has blessed us in so many, many ways. I would simply like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving, and I pray that you have a blessed holiday well spent with family and friends. I'd also like to say THANK YOU to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has blessed me with great parents, a small, but loving family, a lonnnnnng and exciting career where I have met so many wonderful people who have helped or supported me in so many, many ways.

"I also say THANK YOU to my KISS listening audience, which happens to be the LARGEST in V-A! But like John Legend, I don't wanna brag. I'm humbled by that because as a youngster growing up in Petersburg, I had a dream, and only by the grace and mercy of God have I been able to live that dream in a major way. As Dr. King once said "Longevity has its place", and because of your love and support over all these years, I have enjoyed that longevity in an industry that rapidly changes. I'm blessed to enjoy the same friends, frequent the same places, and have such a great mutual respect with those in my circle. I THANK YOU for the love, for the continued support, and for taking me from the "Night Park" to the top of the Radio Charts. Again, THANK YOU. I would like to re-post this pic of Mr. Ernest Shaw, who opened the doors for young Black dreamers like myself, THANK YOU "Mr. Clue". Happy Thanksgiving everyone........especially to my Radio-One Family!!!”

Malone is survived by one daughter.