- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) - A longtime central Kansas radio personality has died after crashing his car into a ditch on his way to broadcast his morning show.

The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/1rQrnvx ) reports 79-year-old Gary Houser of Abilene was driving his pickup truck at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday on Old U.S. Highway 40 when the vehicle went off the road and rolled. Dickinson County Undersheriff James Swisher says Houser was not wearing a seatbelt.

Houser was on his way to KABI radio station, where he was well-known for playing songs of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. He was behind the microphone at KABI when it went on the air in April 1963 and was in the radio business more than 50 years.

A memorial graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Abilene cemetery.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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