- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan radio host who talked about the town of Holland and beyond for more than six decades has died at age 92.

Julius Van Oss, longtime “Talk of the Town” host on WHTC-AM, died Monday. “Juke,” as he was known, was on the air last Friday.

WHTC market manager Kevin Oswald says Van Oss “made it seem as though he were sitting down talking to you.” In a 2006 interview with The Grand Rapids Press, Van Oss described his show as “people speaking over the back fence.”

He joined the station in 1951 as an engineer, and his on-air work started shortly thereafter. He started co-hosting “Talk of the Town” in 1959 and went solo in 1981.

Van Oss was named to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

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