January 17, 2014 | By

Larry in action, on-air for Texas Radio Live.

We are devastated to announce the passing of KDRP’s patriarch, Larry Monroe.

He was 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.

“We are at a loss for words because Larry was always the one who gave them to us, words.  He’s a legend, plain and simple, a brother and a friend,” said KDRP station founder Daryl O’Neal.

This news is sudden and unexpected, and at this time we do not have any further information. Please stay tuned to the radio station that Larry helped us to build for updates regarding services and a memorial as they become available.  We owe him so much, both professionally and personally, and he will be greatly, greatly missed.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kaitlin Bouzek at 512-829-4680 or email at kaitlin@kdrplive.org.

UPDATE: Larry Monroe was rushed to the hospital in the early morning hours of January 17, 2014 with respiratory complications.  He passed away at the hospital shortly after arrival.  He will be buried with a private service in Hartford City, Indiana, and there will be a public memorial service held in Austin in his honor in the coming weeks.  Please stay tuned to www.kdrp.org for details.


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Legendary Broadcaster and Popular Radio Personality Larry Lee Monroe, 71, passed away at 4:34 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at St. David’s South Austin Hospital.

            He was born in Hartford City on August 29, 1942 to the late Lawrence E. Monroe and the late Thelma L. (Burchard) Monroe.

            Larry graduated from Hartford City High School in 1960. He graduated from Ball State University in 1965. He started his career in Radio during his high school days and took classes in communications at Ball State. After graduating from college he moved to San Francisco, then to Indianapolis, then to Ann Arbor, Michigan and lastly to Austin Texas to follow his career in Radio.

            Larry had been working since 2011 at KDRP Radio Station in Austin, Texas, where he hosted three popular shows, his signature program Blue Monday, Live in the Oak Garden and The Phil Music Program . He had formerly been a deejay for the KUT Radio for 29 years. He won a National Award for keeping the Blues Alive in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. He was voted Most Popular Deejay in Austin, Texas. “He was a pillar of both the Austin and music worlds – a renowned on-air personality, a musician’s advocate, and a dear friend.”

He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Sara (husband, Jason) Snuggs of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Sammy and Cordelia; companion, Ave Bonar of Austin, Texas; brother, Garry E. Monroe (companion, Victoria Jeanes) of Hartford City; nieces, Jennifer (husband, Dan) Holst, Angela (husband, Jeff) Shabo, nephews, Joshua (wife, Molly) Monroe, Andrew (wife, Joy) Monroe, great nieces and nephews, Meghan, Caleb, Jacob, David and Rachel Holst, Emma, Hannah and Ethan Shabo.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St. Hartford City with Pastor Gary Hall officiating.

Burial will follow at Hartford City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Keplinger Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association COPD, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004

Online condolences may be sent to www.keplingerfuneralhome.com.

There will be a public memorial in Austin, Texas with details to follow as available.  Please stay tuned to www.kdrp.org for updates.


UPDATE: We will be celebrating the life of Larry Monroe with a special live memorial broadcast from Guero’s Taco Bar this Wednesday, January 22nd from 6-9pm.  For more details on artists and speakers, please click here.


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