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Memorial service for WQYK's Dave McKay set for Thursday in St. Petersburg



WQYK-FM 99.5 DJ Dave McKay loved the 'Burg. He was a fixture at Kahwa Coffee, Gratzzi Italian Grille, Central Cigars and plenty of other hotspots near his downtown St. Petersburg apartment.

So it's fitting that a memorial service in his honor will take place downtown, too.

McKay, who died suddenly last week at age 55, will be memorialized at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, WQYK announced Monday. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

"We'll tell stories and show Dave the love from all the listeners and friends in our QYK family," the station wrote on its website. "Tears are accepted, but laughs and hugs are encouraged because Dave wouldn't have it any other way."

The Aug. 4 death of McKay -- who spent decades on the air including more than 20 at the influential country station -- stunned his many longtime listeners. Hundreds of fans signed memorial tributes to McKay at WQYK's tents at the Hank Williams Jr./Chris Stapleton concert in Tampa.

There's been no word on a format for Thursday's event, or whether it will include any music. But there's been an enormous outpouring of support from country artists. Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Jennifer Nettles are among the singers who have expressed condolences to the station.

"Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Dave McKay," Brad Paisley tweeted. "He was always fun, always upbeat, and one of the great ones."

-- Jay Cridlin



[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2016 10:04pm]


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