The beloved host of Radio One 99.3/105.7 KISS’ “The Quiet Storm” and voice of Richmond, Mitch Malone passed away Monday at 5:00 a.m. of natural causes.
Radio One Richmond would like to extend our love and prayers to his family and you, our listeners and Mitch’s extended family.
Mitch Malone was an only child, and his daughter Bretne Bannister was his closest relative. Both he and his daughter were Virginia State Graduates.
Funeral arrangements are underway.
Must See: A Tribute to Mitch Malone [VIDEO]
Based on his last Facebook post from yesterday afternoon, which can be seen below, Mitch Malone was in a content place. It’s as if he knew his time was coming. It is a blessing to part on such a powerful message.
Words from the family, The Belle, Community Clovia, and Radio One Operations Manager Jeff “Uzi-D” Anderson share and react to the loss of Mitch Malone.
Flowers and acts of kindness should be sent to:
2521 Century Drive
Petersburg, Va. 23805
(WKJS) James David Mitchell (Mitch Malone) passed away at 5:00AM this morning of natural causes. Mitch Malone was the noted host of KISS-FM’s “Quiet Storm” radio show since 2005. He has a very long and continuous broadcast career in Richmond, Virginia.
The Quiet Storm, hosted by Mitch Malone is Richmond’s Number One rated radio show and has been #1 for many years. Vice-President and General Manager Linda Forem comments, “Mitch was the calm in the storm. He has without a doubt one of the best most soothing voices to ever be on Richmond radio or television. I recall during the horrible storms over the years, when thousands of people had lost their electricity and were only able to stay connected via the radio, listening to Mitch truly soothed us. I got letters from listeners telling me that without Mitch, they would have been frightened. He was also a very proud Alumni of Virginia State University, where his daughter graduated as well. We’re in complete shock here, and trying to digest this terrible circumstance.”
His official station biography describes him as follows:
“Mitch Malone, host of the 804’s No.1 night time radio show, the “Quiet Storm” was a veteran in the radio industry, having worked in several markets, including Greensboro, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Raleigh-Durham, as well as serving his alma mater, Virginia State University as Music and Sports Director at their campus station WVST. Mitch was also the “Voice of Trojan Football and Basketball” for several years during which time he received the CIAA Sportscaster of the Year Award on three occasions. He was also the original voice of the Richmond-area’s first Urban-oriented radio station, Magic 99 FM.
A Petersburg native and VSU alum, Mitch is active in his community and is a member of the Gillfield Baptist Church family. He frequently speaks to youth groups in schools and at community events encouraging our young people to strive to be all they can be and to work harder for a better future. Mitch truly appreciates his listening audience which seems to grow bigger with each passing year. For a silky smooth musical experience join Mitch Malone on KISS FM’s “Quiet Storm.”
In addition, his final post on his Facebook page yesterday expressed his true feelings for his life, his faith, his community, his family and his Radio One home: Posted by Mitch Malone Sunday afternoon, 11/24/13:
“As we move closer to that special day set aside for Thanksgiving, Dr. George W.
C. Lyons, Jr., my Pastor at Gillfield Baptist Church reminded us all today that we
should be “Thankful” each and every day for each and every blessing. As we
witness the many challenges and tragic events that come about week to week,
we realize there is so much to be Thankful for because the Lord has blessed us in
so many, many ways.
I would simply like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving, and
I pray that you have a blessed holiday well spent with family and friends. I’d also
like to say THANK YOU to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has blessed me
with great parents, a small, but loving family, a lonnnnnng and exciting career
where I have met so many wonderful people who have helped or supported me
in so many, many ways.
I also say THANK YOU to my KISS listening audience, which happens to be the
LARGEST in V-A! But like John Legend, I don’t wanna brag. I’m humbled by that
because as a youngster growing up in Petersburg, I had a dream, and only by the
grace and mercy of God have I been able to live that dream in a major way. As
Dr. King once said “Longevity has its place”, and because of your love and
support over all these years, I have enjoyed that longevity in an industry that
I’m blessed to enjoy the same friends, frequent the same places, and have such a
great mutual respect with those in my circle. I THANK YOU for the love, for the
continued support, and for taking me from the “Night Park” to the top of the
Radio Charts. Again, THANK YOU. I would like to re-post this pic of Mr. Ernest
Shaw, who opened the doors for young Black dreamers like myself, THANK YOU
“Mr. Clue”. Happy Thanksgiving everyone……..especially to my Radio-One
He is survived by a daughter whom he loved dearly. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.