Rochester Mourns The Passing of WDKX DJ Tony Boler
Tony Boler, co-host of the Saturday-morning “Memory Lane” and the weeknight “Quiet Storm” shows on WDKX-FM (103.9), died Monday morning in his sleep. He was 63.
“My heart is broken by the news of the passing of WDKX disc jockey Tony Boler,” Said Mayor Lovely Warren in a released statement. “On weeknights, Tony carried us through ‘The Quiet Storm’ and on Saturdays he took us down ‘Memory Lane’ with a distinct and calming voice that was reassuring and comfortable. Between songs on Saturdays, he and co-host Andre Marcel dispensed words of wisdom and old-school advice with a tag-team banter that was both enjoyable and educational. In this way, ‘Uncle Tony’ carried himself as a valuable role model for many young men in our community.”
She continued: “Tony was also present for the special moments in the lives of many of our citizens, including my own when he served as the DJ at my wedding. He will be greatly missed by many, but heaven has gained an angel. My prayers are with Tony’s family, Andre Marcel and the WDKX family, including Tony’s many fans.”
“We’re at a loss for words right now,” WDKX stated. “This doesn’t even seem real… Please be patient with us as we try to process the shocking and sudden news of our brother, uncle, grandpa, and dearest friend Tony Boler’s passing. We will share more information with the WDKX family as it becomes available to the public. Keep the Boler family in your prayers. Rest in peace Tony Boler. You are missed.”
Boler, 63, had worked at the station since 1991.
He is survived by one son, three daughters, and his wife, Lynn.
WDKX is also planning a musical tribute to Boler.
Tony Boler grew up in North Carolina and studied biology at Fayetteville State University. In addition to his work at WDKX. In the past he had worked as a technician at Xerox.
Mr. Boler was also the DJ at “Old-School Tuesday” at Ray Ray’s Bar & Grill on Clifford Avenue.
“He was like a brother to me,” said local saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., who on Monday morning was summoned to Boler’s home by Boler’s co-host on “Memory Lane,” Andre Marcel, program director at WDKX.