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Everybody has their “remembering Eddie Van Halen” story about that sad day when he passed away. This is my story.

 

It was October 6, 2020. It was a Tuesday. I had been back in the studio for a few months after spending a couple of months broadcasting from home, thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. I remember thinking that fall how nice it was to be back in the routine of being in the studio and on the air weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. after everything went sideways earlier that year.

 

I was just about to kick off two hours commercial-free at the end of my show and yield the airwaves to Al Beck, who was hosting afternoons at the time. That’s when the news broke: Eddie Van Halen had passed away from a stroke at the age of 65. I first saw the story on Twitter, so I made it a point to verify via a second source. That second source was Wolfgang Van Halen himself.

 

Remembering Eddie Van Halen: A Marathon Broadcast

Down the hall I ran to Program Director Ken West’s office. He’d seen the news, too. We made the call right then and there: Al was to take the afternoon off, and I was to stay on the air, taking phone calls and playing Van Halen requests. So back to the studio I went, putting your calls on the air, and playing your songs as fast as Ken could round them up for me.

 

I vowed to stay on the air until the phones stopped ringing, and that didn’t happen until around 8:30 p.m. A nine-and-a-half hour shift, with the last four-and-a-half hours wall-to-wall Van Halen. So many great songs, so many great stories, such a fitting tribute to arguably the greatest rock guitarist of all-time. I went back into my archives to find some of it to share in honor of the anniversary.

  • Your Stories

    I put a whole bunch of your phone calls into an EVH tribute comp that you can listen to here.

    You Shared Your Eddie Van Halen Stories and We Listened
  • The Pros Weigh In

    ROCK 92.9 Program Director Ken West and Eddie disciple Bill Bracken joined me for a pair of longer conversations.

    PODCAST: Remembering Eddie Van Halen
  • Happy Birthday

    Here’s something I wrote in tribute to EVH on what would have been his birthday in January.

    An Eddie Van Halen Birthday Tribute
  • I Gotta Pee

    Seriously. I don’t think I left the studio between 3:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. that day.

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