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Remembering 99.5 WYCD's Linda Lee who died on Friday

Posted at 4:20 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-03 16:20:29-04

Detroit's broadcasting community has lost another voice with the death of WYCD's Linda Lee. She died on Friday after a months-long battle with lung cancer.

The radio station's morning show, Chuck, Rachael and Grunwald, gathered around their mics as always on Monday morning, but this time, it was to remember Linda.

Chuck Edwards spent 16 years on the air alongside Linda as the co-host of the station's afternoon drive program Edwards and Lee.

In what is perhaps the oddest career path ever seen, Linda went from assembly line worker to radio legend. As Kid Rock pointed out, it set her apart.

"In the world of so much music that she loved but she was genuine, making the best and having a great time," Rock said. "It's just one more thing to take from something like this. Every moment, just enjoy it."

On Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, her new radio partner, Rob Stone, took the stage without her, accepting the Major Market Personality Award they both won.

"Y'all I want to take a tribute to take a moment to pay tribute to my dear friend and radio show partner, Linda Lee," he said at the awards show. "She sadly passed away on Friday and she would have loved to be here so much."

According to Edwards, she was in ICU last week and checked herself out, got in a motorhome with her husband and tried to make it to Las Vegas for the awards show. Unfortunately, along the way, they had to stop and have an ambulance take her back to the hospital.

In February, it was announced she will be inducted in the Country Radio Hall of Fame, with her induction happening on June 21.