Linda Lee, a radio broadcaster who co-hosted WYCD 99.5 FM’s afternoon drive, died Friday after a seven-month cancer battle, the station announced.
The Metro Detroit native, who graduated from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, worked at Ford Motor Co. before joining WYCD’s morning show in 1996, according to the website. She later teamed with co-host Chuck Edwards for the “Edwards & Lee” afternoon drive show.
“Linda has the biggest heart in radio and is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met,” Tim Roberts, longtime friend and CBS’ vice president of country music programming, said in a statement on the station’s site. “Her efforts to help the everyday blue collar worker or friend in need in Detroit are unmatched in radio. It’s easy to understand why people love her so much, she pours it out every day.”
In 2014, Lee was part of the team nominated for Major Market Personalities of the Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards, The Detroit News reported at the time.
Lee had planned to travel to Las Vegas to accept her first Academy of Country Music award as a major market personality on Sunday. Co-host Rob Stone is expected to accept the award on her behalf.
“My favorite thing about Linda Lee is her tremendous positivity,” Stone said in a statement. “No matter what the situation, Linda always finds a way to put her smiling, optimistic spin on things. If we all were as positive as Linda, the world would be a happier place.”
Survivors include her husband Jeff Young, daughter Gina Holmes Mills, and a stepdaughter.