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RIP, Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens, one half of the Stevens and Pruett radio team, has passed away.

Stevens spent 40 years in radio but enjoyed his greatest success in partnership with Pruett, first as Hudson and Harrigan at KILT (610 AM) beginning in 1974 and later under their own names at KULF-AM, KEGL-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth and KLOL (101.1 FM) in Houston.

At every stop along the way, he displayed the sense of humor and razor-sharp wit that remained with him throughout his struggle with Alzheimer’s, said his wife, Melissa Stevens.

“His laugh was infectious, and people responded to that,” she said. “He would laugh, and then everybody would laugh. Even through his illness, he had the caregivers laughing all the time. … He handled (Alzheimer’s) with dignity and grace.”

Stevens left KLOL in February 2000, but Melissa Stevens said Houston listeners never forgot his voice.

“He would be in a grocery store and would say something, and people would say, ‘Wait a minute, I know your voice,'” she said. “We have such good memories.”

To borrow from one of their tag lines, I admit it, I was an S&P fan back in the day. They made my morning commute a lot more enjoyable. Rest in peace, Mark Stevens.

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4 Comments

  1. Amy says:

    Oh, wow. I listened to S&P growing up inFort Worth, and then they “followed” me to Houston shortly after I came there for college. I listened to them for many, many years. It’s hard to even imagine them being old enough for one of them to have had Alzheimer’s.

    RIP, indeed.

  2. Rich says:

    He was 76. There is an early onset Alzheimers as well – that’s what Terry Pratchett is suffering from.

    This is a shame – they were the only non-KTRU radio I listened to for my 5+ years there.

  3. doc1961d says:

    IN THE EARLY 70S ME AND MY FRIEND ROAD OUR BIKES TO KILT ON LOVETT BLVD TO MEET THEN KNOWN AS HUDSON & HARRIGAN.IT WAS SO COOL THAY LET US TALK ON THE AIR.THAY WHERE THE TRUE RADIO (GODS).REST IN PEASE MY FRIEND YOU WILL BE MISSED BY MANY.

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