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Central Texas music fans mourn the loss of radio personality Larry Monroe

Central Texas mourns the loss of radio personality Larry Monroe

Larry Monroe of KDRP speaking a public event
Larry Monroe died at age 71 on the morning of January 17. Photo by davep Photography

Thoughts, prayers and remembrances are continuing to pour in after the unexpected passing on Friday morning, January 17, of beloved Austin radio personality Larry Monroe.

A founding patriarch of Dripping Springs' KDRP and a legendary on-air personality at KUT Austin for nearly 30 years, Monroe touched the lives of countless music listeners in Central Texas. Fans of Monroe expressed their grief and love on social media outlets for KDRP.

In its official statement about Monroe’s passing, KDRP described him as “a pillar of both the Austin and music worlds — a renowned on-air personality, a musician’s advocate, and a dear friend to all of us here at KDRP.” In a later update, KDRP reported that Monroe was transported to the hospital with respiratory complications, passing away shortly after his arrival.

In another update, KDRP founder Daryl O’Neal told KUT News that Monroe died from complications due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A private funeral service for Monroe will be held in his hometown of Hartford, Indiana, within the next few weeks, and a public memorial will be held in Austin.

Monroe was a popular fixture on KUT, with his Blue Monday, Phil Music, Texas Radio and Segue City shows featuring roots music, blues and jazz, but he would split from the station and move to the nonprofit KDRP station in 2011. Even with the move, Monroe still had plenty of listeners as he spun records and expressed his love for Texas music.

Even the town of Luckenbach is in mourning, stating that Monroe will be remembered at the upcoming Luckenbach Blues Fest.