Dick Kiser

. . . In Memorium

Long time radio announcer Dick Kiser died very suddenly of complications resulting from cancer on 12/7/05. He was 61 years old. His wife, Maude Gold Kiser, singer/songwriter and author (of The Treasure Hunter's Guide), said that she and Kiser met here in Nashville on December 4, 1976, and married on that date a year later. Together almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the moment they met, they just celebrated their 29th anniversary.

Dick Kiser is best known for his radio show Pillow Talk, on WLAC-FM from 10 PM - 1 AM throughout most of the 1980s. This unique program (that for the last couple of years he did along with his wife, who on the air was known as CG) featured an unusual mixture of love songs, jazz, and other music rarely heard on the radio, interspersed with poetry and the sound of waves crashing on the beach. Thousands of people fell in love, made babies, and found comfort in the night listening to Kiser's wonderful, soothing voice. Nothing like Pillow Talk has been on the radio in Nashville before or since.

Kiser's memorial was held at The Sutler on Sunday, 12/18. Gold and Kiser fell in love and got married there (and, ironically, it's now closing), and his family decided this was the best place to gather to say goodbye to him. There were about 60 people in attendance at this unique memorial that included Maude telling the story of how she and Kiser met and reading the passages on marriage and death from Kahlil Gibran's The Profit, and music by Billy Stone, Joe Sun, Darith Bowlin, Maude, and Kiser's youngest son, Tyzayah. A lovely afternoon shared by all.

Kiser has two sons who live in Nashville, Tyzayah Gold-Kiser (17 - guitar player and leader of the band Flung Shui) and Jason Kiser (31 - lighting director for JoDee Messina), as well as 3 other sons who live elsewhere, Richard III (now flying helicopters in Iraq), Joseph, and Eric, and 8 grandchildren.

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