Thursday, January 06, 2000

Local radio veteran dies

Lawrence D. Ashcraft on WVXU 22 years

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.


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