Thursday, January 06, 2000

Local radio veteran dies


Lawrence D. Ashcraft on WVXU 22 years

BY ELAINE TRUMPEY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Lawrence D. Ashcraft of Mount Washington began working as a volunteer for WVXU-FM (91.7), the Xavier University public radio station, while he was a student there in 1975.

        He graduated with a bachelor's in communication arts and continued his association with the station as a staff member.

        During his tenure, he served as the news director, director of development, program host, community relations director and special projects director. He retired in 1997.

        Mr. Ashcraft died Saturday in his home at age 57.

        “Larry's lifelong passion was WVXU, its listeners and its staff,” said James King, director of broadcasting at Xavier. “His reputation as an innovator is legendary.”

        He was producer and host of Liveline, Cincinnati's first modern daily radio talk program.

        Riders Radio Theater was produced and hosted by Mr. Ashcraft since its inception in 1990. It is syndicated to 80 public radio stations in the United States and Canada.

       

        Also well-known in the ham radio community, he was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Radio Amateurs Hall of Fame in 1997 for years of dedication and service to the Cincinnati area hams.

        He was instrumental in the development of WARN, the Weather Am ateur Radio Network that has grown to supplement emergency warning agencies including Civil Defense.

        Mr. Ashcraft served two tours of duty in Vietnam, with the Army and Air Force. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star.

        Surviving are his brother, Arnold Jr.; two stepdaughters, Kristin Ferguson of Owensville and Trisha Kelly of Mount Washington; and one granddaughter.

        The service will be 11 a.m. todayat T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home, 2050 Beechmont Ave. in Mount Washington.

        Burial will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington, Ohio.

        Memorials can be made to WVXU Radio Station, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45207-7211.

       



Closing in on Patty's killer
Luken: Convention Center expansion too costly
Judicial elections may be no contest
'Big Pig Gig' porkers on the way
Folks having pun with pigs they buy
Judge won't yank Justin away
30 years on the run ends with prison term
Bomb threat empties Anderson High
West Hi gets bomb threats
Cheating alleged at E-Check site
Children Services board asked to resign
City retirement board considers sweetened pension plan
City says no to more funds for football game
Ex-Chiquita lawyer says being informant was costly
Hebrew Union's leader leaving
Ky. companies called tech laggards
Warren jail again short of cell space
GET TO IT
Online fashion shopping virtually limitless
Ho, ho, ho: Who would know the answer?
Children shown way to escape abuse
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
Party time for new majority GOP
Access channel adds weather info
Attorney gets time to probe abestos claims
Couple travels Ohio for railroad safety program
CPS, union OK fact-finder
Deerfield board votes Morand as president
Earmarking of lottery asked
Enterprise zones may be folded
False arrest claimed in suit
Family loses all in fire started by boy
- Local radio veteran dies
Mayor to visit Avondale, leaders
Monroe debates trash contract
Officials to decide on new search for recreation chief
Patton seeks aid for Owensboro
Pedestrian fatality snarls I-75 traffic
Police seek new leads in Christmas tree vandalism
Treasurer: Job cut will hurt Norwood
TRISTATE DIGEST
Wheelchair bus rider sues Metro