The passing of media man Keith A. Amolsch, known to many Crawford County residents as Keith Alan Austin, will have a lasting impact on the friends and neighbors whom he touched during at least 35 years of radio broadcasting.
Amolsch, branch manager, program director and radio personality for the Allegheny News Talk Sports Network, died Sunday at Meadville Medical Center at the age of 59.
“He was widely known and widely liked,” said Kathy Roae, regional Blood Services representative for the American Red Cross, who fondly remembered calling into his morning show heard locally on WMGW 1490 AM every Tuesday morning. “I looked forward to that every week. His sense of humor was just fabulous. I am going to miss him so much.”
Roae shared a Facebook comment she saw on Sunday that read, “Meadville has just lost more than it could afford.”
Gary Clark, spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Meadville regional office, said he and Amolsch had met in high school and later worked together in the radio business for at least six years beween the late 1980s and late ’90s.
He recalled Amolsch as a superbly professional radio personality who harbored a kind personality out of the station as well.
“Keith never had a mean thing to say about anybody,” Clark said. “He was a go-to guy. When you were down, he was a good guy to talk to and when you were up, he was a good guy to talk to.”
Clark, who kept in close contact with Amolsch for about the past 18 years, said he hoped to take up the microphone with his former radio partner again upon his retirement.
“Back then, we used to say we were like a married couple,” Clark laughed. “We spent more time with each other than our own wives. He was one of a kind.”
Greg Bush, of Bush Investment Group, also remembered Amolsch as a consummate professional and good friend, even prior to his days in Meadville.
“I was a dairy farmer in the Greenville area,” Bush said. “I remember listening to him, thinking he was the best on-air personality I’ve ever heard and he was destined for greater things.”
Bush later worked for Amolsch for about 10 years at a Greenville radio station.
“I’m deeply saddened,” he said. “Keith was just a wonderful guy.”
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