One of the most notable voices of the liberal movement of the end of the 20th century is no longer with us.
Ray Taliaferro, a liberal talk radio host who spent almost four decades on the air, was found dead near a stadium in Kentucky over the weekend.
He was 79.
The cause of Taliaferro’s death is unclear at this time.
His family first reported him missing on Nov. 10, more than three weeks ago.
One of the last places he was seen was near a local pizza restaurant in Paducah, KY.
He remained missing until his body was eventually found behind Brooks Stadium in the same city.
Taliaferro’s son told ABC that his family “appreciates the support and help we received in our search for Ray.”
He went on: “This is a devastating ending to our search for him over these past weeks. The family is in the process of working with the police to learn the matters surrounding his death. At this time, we are processing this turn of events and ask for privacy as we work through our loss.”
Distinguished Radio Career
While we may not agree with Taliaferro’s politics, it’s hard not to admire his longstanding career.
Mr. Taliaferro got his start in California radio in the late 1960s.
Soon thereafter, he found himself the anchor of a local TV show, before he returned to KGO Radio in 1977 — and the rest is history.
Taliaferro was not shy about his political beliefs, often criticizing conservative politicians, including any sitting president that was a Republican, while on air.
Think of him as the liberal Rush Limbaugh — before there was a Rush Limbaugh.
Taliaferro was also the first African-American talk show host in a major radio market.
He will be missed.