The Round-Up Saloon pays respects to Terry Dorsey

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The Round-Up Saloon would like to pay respects to Terry Dorsey. Country music always lives on in our spirit and souls. Thank you for your dedication to country music.


Terry Dorsey, a popular fixture in Dallas-Fort Worth radio since 1981 who retired from KSCS/96.3 FM in December after 26 years, has died, the station announced Sunday.

“It comes with deep sadness that I have to report the passing of my longtime friend and cherished colleague,” said his longtime co-host, Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, on the station’s Facebook page.

“Terry retired from KSCS in December and had hoped to live out his retirement on a farm in Illinois,” Louis said in the post. “Last night, I received a call from his family that Terry had passed away peacefully at home. Terry had not been feeling well these past few days and it was rather sudden. Tomorrow morning we’ll remember Terry and allow listeners to comment on what he meant to them. We’d like to encourage you to share this and leave comments as this would bring comfort to his family.”

John Morris, Dorsey’s producer at KSCS for the past four years, said he got word of Dorsey’s death late Sunday morning through the station’s program director, and he was stunned by the news.

“Everyone was completely blindsided by this,” he added. “Everybody’s in a state of shock. Nobody was expecting this.”

He said that although Dorsey had experienced health problems in the past, he left in December in what appeared to be good health and in good spirits.

“When he retired three months ago, we fully expected him to come back and visit with us and spend time with us and sit in on the program,” he said. Nobody expected this, he said.

“He was a broadcast legend,” Morris said. “For a guy who was such a big star, he was just such a down-to-earth, regular guy. And that’s what everybody loved about him.”

The Star-Telegram recorded Dorsey’s final day at KSCS in December. You can read that sendoff here.

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