Longtime Detroit radio host Ken Calvert has passed away at the age of 72. Calvert was a staple in Detroit radio for more than four decades and served as the public address announcer for the Detroit Pistons during the team's 'Bad Boys' era.

An Illustrious Career in Detroit Radio

Calvert passed away Wednesday (12/20), exactly 10 years after retiring from Detroit's Classic Rock outlet, WCSX-FM on December 20, 2013.

If you spent any time listening to any of the Motor City's rock stations over the last 50 years, you've probably heard Ken Calvert. In addition to WCSX, 'KC,' or 'The Casual One' as he was affectionately known, held court at WRIF-FM, WWWW-FM, WABX-FM, WJR-AM, and WLLZ-FM.

Prior to beginning his career in radio in 1979, Calvert served as a 'Record Rep' for CBS/Columbia Records, pitching new music to various radio stations, in an attempt to get airplay for new releases. He also served as an entertainment reporter for Detroit's NBC affiliate WDIV-TV, interviewing some of the biggest artists and bands that performed at the Metro Detroit area's various concert venues like Pink Knob and the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Not Just an Ordinary Public Address Announcer for the Detroit Pistons

In a heartfelt tribute to Calvert, radio consultant Fred Jacobs called him "one of the hardest working men in show business." If you had a chance to attend a Pistons game during the team's 'Bad Boys' era, you probably heard Calvert as the PA announcer. His signature "Joe DOOOOOOOO-Mars!" is still recalled to this day.

Jacobs fondly recalled how Calvert would entertain Palace crowds with his good-natured ribbing of Pistons fans who attempted to make free-throws during the team's halftime show.

Calvert is survived by his wife Ann, who confirmed his passing to WXYZ-TV Wednesday. Our thoughts are with his family and coworkers during this difficult time. Details about his funeral arrangements are not yet available.

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