Detroiter Chris Felcyn, a popular host on WRCJ-FM and former WDET broadcaster, passed away last Friday at 67 in his home.
The native Detroiter hosted "The Well Tempered Wireless" for five hours each weekday morning and early afternoon, as well as a Sunday classical and jazz music program, "The Listening Room."
"Chris was one of the best interviewers in the business, a talented pianist, and an ultimate professional with wit and creativity in sharing classical music," the station says on Facebook. "He was a true radio talent who saw the microphone as an essential instrument of personal communication and his presence on the air was true to his character."
Felcyn (pronounced FELL-sin) worked there more than 30 years and "will truly be missed, the post adds.
"He was a true radio talent who saw the microphone as an essential instrument of personal communication and his presence on the air was true to his character. He was loved by many and will truly be missed. His funeral will be private, for family only."
His wife, Anne Patten, died earlier. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3-9 p.m. and Friday from 3-9 p.m. at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr Road at Masonic, Warren.
Tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1699.”
Fans post salutes at the station's Facebook page:
Heidi Swanson: I feel so sad for the WRCJ family and the entire listening area. Chris could talk about classical works of music passionately without sounding like a snob. He introduced me to many smaller works I had never listened to.
will miss having him warn me to set my work aside and warm my tea because he has something really special to listen to. Crazy how I never met him, and yet I feel as though I have lost a friend.
Patricia Tarini: I will miss the Battle of the Orchestras on Super Bowl Sunday. My favorite line: "Tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1699."
Richard Folsom: I always looked forward to listening to Chris Felcyn's WRCJ afternoon program. His program was entertaining, educational and very enjoyable. A part of me will lost without his program. So sad.
Steve Mandell: I often worked with Chris as a studio camerman for the TV station back in the early '70s. He was a creative and sensitive TV director and appreciated by everyone for his wit and great sense of humor. It was while working for the station that he met his wife Anne. I will miss him and his wry smile and great intelligence. RIP my friend Chris.
Ron Arnold: He was absolute class and wonderfully humorous, will be deeply missed.
Terri Burke: I had the pleasure to work with this fine man a Ford Motor Company for several years. He was always a gentleman and joy to work with. May he rest in peace and may his family have solace!
Donna Otremba: Commercial radio today is nothing but blather and gratuitous noise, but Chris on WRCJ was a breath of fresh air. He was soft-spoken, erudite and exuded wit, humor, and charm. A true gentleman. Chris will be deeply missed.