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Remembering the voice of the Eastern Sierra

July 26, 2013

John Young, former owner of KIBS/KBOV, in the studio in February 2009. Young started out in radio as a teenager and hosted a Saturday afternoon up until his death July 18. The only thing he was more passionate about, according to longtime friends, was his family. Photo by Mike Cheuvront

He had one of the most recognizable voices in the Eastern Sierra – a voice he used for more than two decades to greet listeners each morning with their favorite songs, humorous anecdotes, congratulations on milestones and achievements, event announcements and summaries of the important news of the day.
Chances are better than good that if you lived, worked or grew up in the Owens Valley during the 1980s or ’90s, at some point – if not on a regular basis – you started your day with John Young.
Over the years he probably also inspired plenty of gleeful celebration from anxious children glued to the speakers of their parents’ stereos, awaiting news on whether the previous night’s snow storm had canceled school.
With a delivery that was a unique combination of finely honed technique – allowing him to deliver the news at a quick clip – and comforting Texas drawl, Young took to the airwaves at KIBS/KBOV each morning for several hours to provide the soundtrack to so many lives.
His place in the lives of listeners has become an indelible legacy, but that is just one way he is being remember this week after news of his unexpected passing spread throughout the community.
More than just Bishop’s longest-running and most popular disk jockey, John Young was one of its most enthusiastic champions and most active community members – serving two terms on the Bishop City Council as well as with numerous civic clubs and organizations.
“We lost a really good friend,” said longtime friend and former Bishop City Councilman Martin “Smiley” Connolly. “He’ll really be missed.”
(Read more in the Saturday, July 27, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)

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