The listeners were left devastated when on February 27, 2021, news broke out on 97.1 The Eagle radio channel about the sudden demise of its radio presenter for 24 years; Russ Martin. The Frisco police reported him dead in his 6300 Douglas Avenue house. The cause of his death is yet unknown but the police don’t reckon foul play. His co-workers, fans, friends and the whole state is in mourning after the final exit of the 60-year-old Dallas radio host.
Russ Martin: The Radio host and his Personal life
Russell Dale Martin was one of the most brilliant radio personalities. Dedicating 31 years of his life as a Dallas Radio presenter, Russ has worked with stations KEGL 97.1 from 1987 to 2000 and again from 2008-2021, between which he shifted to KLLI-FM 105.3 till it changed into an all-sports channel. The Russ Martin Show that he hosted on KLLI-FM did a debut with the highest ratings and Martin was entitled as the Best Radio Talk show host by many magazines.
On July 18, 2008, Russ Martin was arrested for domestic assault on his girlfriend and he beseeched no contest charges and was on a 2-year probation. From 2016, Martin contracted several medical illnesses and was often sick.
The departure of the Radio Legend
A friend of Martin went to meet him on Saturday night and saw his deceased body and informed the police. Frisko police arrived at his Douglas Avenue house and declared him dead. Though the police are still investigating the reason for his sudden demise, they do not suspect anything unlawful and his sudden departure was likely due to the several health issues he was suffering from.
Martin’s co-host Dan O’Malley said that the news of his partner’s death has left everyone astounded but people who knew him did see this coming because of his deteriorating health. He added gravely that Martin was one of a kind, fearless in his opinions, and no matter if you love him or hate him, you’d be captivated by him and he hopes Martin is in a peaceful place now. Clo Raborn, a Martin show worker said the pain of his loss is unbearable and wouldn’t let him sleep. His colleagues via The Eagle channel announced there’s nothing we could do to make you feel better apart from cherishing the man he was.
The Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation: Martin’s Charity foundation
In 2002, Russ Martin found The Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation to aid the families of Dallas-Fortworth police officials and firefighters when they lay down their lives doing their duties. It collected a donation of 40,000 $ for the families of officers killed in the Dallas attack in 2016. The organization also arranges a parade every year named the Heroes Day Parade.