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Mitch Malone, voice of Richmond radio, dies

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Central Virginia radio personality Mitch Malone died Monday morning of natural causes, according to family members.

Mitch Malone

Mitch Malone

James D. Mitchell, who was known as Mitch Malone on the radio, hosted the highly rated Quiet Storm radio show weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight at Radio One-KISS FM.

The Petersburg native graduated from Virginia State University and later served as music and sports director for the university radio station.

He also worked in several other markets, including Greensboro, Baltimore, Norfolk and Raleigh-Durham.

Malone signed on as the overnight DJ at 100.3 FM (WSOJ), which would eventually become KISS FM, in the early 1990s.

On Monday evening the radio waves of Richmond’s KISS FM carried sad news to its listeners.

“We’ve been letting everybody know about a great loss here at radio one. At 5 am this morning we were informed of the passing of the great voice of the  quiet storm of Richmond, Mitch Malone,” said Sheilah Bell, radio host at Praise 104.7.

The stories close to heart are often hardest to tell. That was surely the case as colleagues spoke of Malone.

“I can’t even bring myself to say the late Mitch Malone,” said host Antoinette Essa as she announced the news of Malone’s passing.

Malone’s story couldn’t be any closer to the hearts of his radio colleagues.

“Mitch is the voice of the city, not just Richmond but Petersburg,” said Jeff Anderson, Operations Manager at Radio One.

Colleagues called Malone the maestro, a radio legend and absolutely meticulous at his craft.

“That voice, that baritone voice of his, as soon as he spoke it commanded attention,” said host Cousin Keith.

It was smooth as silk every night on his long time number one rated radio segment the Quiet Storm.

“This man… flawless, prepared, organized and extremely professional,” said Bell.

The Petersburg native and VSU graduate had spent decades as a radio personality. His hometown personality never forgot his roots in fact he gave an appearance or a shout out any time he got a chance. Many times he did it without ever telling the promotions department.

“You were at the library reading with the kids or doing a fundraiser in the city, I’d say why didn’t you say anything  and he would say you know I just do what I do,” said Anderson.

Just yesterday after hearing a sermon about Thanksgiving at church, Malone posted on his own set of thanks on his Facebook page. He gave  thanks to his listeners, to his family and thanks for a long career with wonderful colleagues. It was as if he knew his time was short.

“Knowing what was in his heart, what he put on paper, the timing of it, it was like god taking him home, saying you’re right come on home,” said Bell.

Additionally, Malone served as a fill-in traffic reporter on WTVR’s morning news in the early 2000s. KISS-FM Vice-President and General Manager Linda Forem said Malone had one of the best and most soothing voices to ever grace 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,” said Forem in a news release. “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.”

As word of Malone’s death spread on social media, listeners flooded his Facebook page with condolences.

“Rest in peace Jimmy. Petersburg has truly lost a great spirit and voice. I’ll miss you old friend!!” wrote Craig Walker.

“I can’t believe it…I’m still trying to understand,” Darline Uzzle wrote. “My heart is deeply saddened.”

You can share your remembrances of Malone, on the CBS 6 Facebook page. 

Malone is survived by his daughter, son and a fiance. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Watch CBS 6 News starting at 11 p.m. and stay with WTVR.com for updates.

27 comments

    • Vaden Robinson Jr.

      A powerful radio voice has been silence, but the
      gentle giant won’t be forgotten. Mitch Malone was
      indeed the best and Kiss FM and the Quiet Storm
      won’t be the same! God Bless the family of Mr. Malone
      and the soul of Mr. Malone.
      Vaden Robinson Jr. VSU Alumni

  • rosie

    I moved here 21 yrs ago, when I did find mr.malone, I never stop listening, after a rough day at work, I could always look forward for 7:00. .R.I.P

  • rebecca Harris

    RIP you will be truly missed and I know we will be missing you on Tuesdays at Golden Skillet and at Auto Network in Petersburg you have left a big hole in all of our hearts, we will miss your happy voice and your tender thoughts. you kept our nights going , thank you
    you will be dearly missed
    much love to the family

  • Ladyg Bailey

    The Quiet Storm Voice Mitch Malone I remember calling the radio station asking Mitch to say happy birthday to my mom. He didnt forget her He said Happy Birthay to Almania Bailey from ur daughter Regina Mom have a good one sweetie. I felt so special and mom was so surprise she never forget the way he called her name on the radio. Mitch Malone U are greatly missed by everyone heart u touch love u Mr Mitch Malone

  • Cheryl Spell-Adkins

    A unbelievable voice a unbelievable personality, always had something positive to say even in the mist of a tragedy. Will surely be missed during the quiet storm. RIP Mr. Malone.

    Cheryl Adkins

  • Clyde Farris

    Wow! just listening to him the other night. We were both in the VSU marching band. great mind that could recall song titles and artists instantly. a true professional. my prayers go out to his family and close friends.
    Clyde Farris…VSU class of 1977

  • Cruz Sherman

    Sometimes you think about what type of legacy you will leave behind when God calls you home. Some legacies are private and only known to those that are close to you. Some legancies span far and wide; the legacy of James David Mitchell “Mitch Malone”will be one of love…love for his family, love for his radio family, love for his craft, for his community, his friends, love for VSU and love for his listeners.

    Tonight on Cruz Inc Radio, we will try and emulate “The Quiet Storm”, we will never be able to duplicate what you mastered Mitch…we hope it will be relaxing comfort to our listeners in the same manner as you did for your listeners, including myself.

    Thanks Mitch…Rest In Paradise,

    Cruz Sherman
    Founder, Producer and Host of Cruz Inc Radio

  • Pamela

    I am just stunned. I didn’t hear until 8 something last night and I couldn’t believe it. I know my daughter had the name wrong when she informed me until I googled it. Quiet Storm will not be the same. They will have to change the name to something else. I mean Mitch was “The Quiet Storm.” You could count on him & the music he played to calm you. To take you back to good times & good thoughts. His voice alone was soothing. He played the best oldies & would give you knowledge on the songs & do a little giggle as it would relate to a thought or what was happening back then. It is just sad!!! He will be sorely, sorely missed! My deepest condolences to his family. May God comfort you and give you all the strength you need at this time.
    RIP Mitch….We thank you for your service to your radio listeners.

    Pamela I.

  • Carolyn Jones-El

    I went to VA States Homecoming where you were the first person I hugged and kissed…37 days ago after 30 Years!!! God let me say Good-bye in the sweetest way!!! Your smile warms my heart and is everlasting!!! May your Grave Spread to Jinnah…Paradise because you were a Gift from God!!!

  • Kenneth Earl Mundine VSU

    Love u brother eventhough I didn’t know u personally I enjoyed listening 2 u on the quiet storm. U was 1 of the great ones n u will b greatly missed. May God rest your blessed soul n 2 the family please know that God never makes a mistake n He never will. Our duty is 2 prepare ourselves 4 His coming. My brother u will never b 4gotten. Ameen

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