Popular Radio DJ Dies Suddenly
02 Dec, 2013
By Loop Contributor
She was on the radio every weekday from 5am-10am on The Peak, which serves Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. She was just 53 years old. This announcement comes from the station:
It is with profound sadness that Pamal Broadcasting notes the passing of one of its on-air personalities, Caroline Corley. Ms. Corley passed away Monday, November 25th.
Caroline was the morning drive air personality on 107.1 The Peak (WXPK) and one of the original Peak on-air staff members from the day the station signed on in 2004.
According to Chris Herrmann, The Peak’s Program Director, “This is a big loss for us and Radio as a whole. Caroline was part of The Peak from its very first hours some 9 1/2 years ago. A brilliant broadcaster and seeker of truth, Caroline had the biggest personality of anybody I’ve ever met. The Peak will never be the same without her.”
Ms. Corley began her radio career at Georgia State University in Atlanta, at what was then the largest student-operated radio station. She then moved to a station in Denver and ultimately worked for several stations in New York City before landing at WXPK almost 10 years ago.
Her ability to create a warm and welcoming community among her listeners was unparalleled. With catchphrases such as “skinny boys with long hair and guitars”, “my spies were there and told me” and perhaps her most famous phrase of all, “my boyfriend”, Caroline not only entertained her loyal listeners, she brought them all together. Many rock and roll luminaries such as Little Steven Van Zandt, Jacob Dylan and Reeve Carney were delighted to play along as Caroline got them to record “I am Caroline Corley’s boyfriend”.
On Monday, Ms. Corley finished her morning show at The Peak and drove home. Suddenly not feeling well, she summoned EMS. Upon their arrival they were unable to resuscitate her and she passed away a short while later at Westchester County Medical Center.
While arrangements to honor Ms. Corley are still being arranged, her family asks that all the many concerned listeners that have reached out to show their sympathy please make a donation to Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, NY in lieu of flowers.