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Radio star ‘Kane’ Deibler, who started in Tampa, dies at 43

The host of the nationally syndicated morning show got his start at Tampa’s WFLZ.
Radio star Pete “Kane” Deibler has died at age 43. He was best known for working at HOT 99.5 in Washington, D.C. as host of “The Kane Show” morning program that was nationally syndicated on iHeartRadio. 
He moved to Tampa in 1998 to join 93.3 WFLZ, and hosted “The Extreme Show,” which aired in multiple markets across the country.
Radio star Pete “Kane” Deibler has died at age 43. He was best known for working at HOT 99.5 in Washington, D.C. as host of “The Kane Show” morning program that was nationally syndicated on iHeartRadio. He moved to Tampa in 1998 to join 93.3 WFLZ, and hosted “The Extreme Show,” which aired in multiple markets across the country. [ Hot 99.5 ]
Published Mar. 8
Updated Mar. 9

Longtime radio host Pete “Kane” Deibler of the nationally syndicated morning show, The Kane Show, has died at the age of 43 after a long illness, according to reports from his representatives.

Mr. Deibler got his start in national syndication when he moved to Tampa in 1998 to join 93.3-FM WFLZ, and hosted The Extreme Show, which aired in multiple markets across the country. In 2003, Kane became the host of the Open House Party. The Sunday night radio show aired in more than 150 markets, according to All Access, a radio industry news website.

At the 2009 Jingle Ball in Tampa, Adam Lambert, left, waves to fans on stage with Kane from 93.3-FM WFLZ.
At the 2009 Jingle Ball in Tampa, Adam Lambert, left, waves to fans on stage with Kane from 93.3-FM WFLZ. [ SANTANA, LUIS | Times (2009) ]

After eight years in Tampa, he made the move to Washington, D.C., and HOT 99.5 where he anchored The Kane Show, a top 40 morning radio program that played the latest hits and popular segments. He also anchored the Sunday Night Club Kane, which aired in 100 stations until its cancellation in April 2020.

iHeartMedia, which owns WIHT HOT 99.5-FM, released a statement when the news broke Monday: “We are deeply saddened to share the news that Kane has passed away. Kane has been an important part of our iHeart family for many years, from his early days at WFLZ in Tampa, to his network of stations and success at HOT 99.5 in DC and Club Kane. Please keep Kane’s family and his girls in your thoughts and prayers.”

Ryan Gorman, host of AM-970 WFLA’s news radio show P.M. Tampa Bay, posted a tribute to Kane on his social media accounts, crediting him as a mentor.

“Everyone in radio has a host whose style inspired them at the early stages of their career. For me, it was Kane,” Gorman posted on Twitter Monday. “He was an amazing talent, one of the best of his generation. I’m saddened that he’s no longer with us, but am so appreciative that I got to know him and learn from him.”

Mr. Deibler is survived by two daughters who were often discussed on his show, Sam and Sophie.