Terry Doyle was well-known radio personality
By Joe Moskowitz
Terry Doyle had no children, but loved them dearly.
Terry Doyle had no pets, but was a strong supporter of Delhi’s Heart and Soul of the Catskills animal shelter.
Terry Doyle did not sing and played no instruments, but he was almost unquestionably the biggest supporter of local musical talent.
And baked really good cookies.
His many friends say Terry Doyle had a heart of gold, but on February 6, his heart failed him and Terry Doyle died of complications following a heart attack. He was 46.
Artie Martello, office manager at Roxbury Radio station WIOX, says Terry had three families. His own, WIOX, and scores of local and other “indie” musicians.
Terry started out as a reporter, working at west coast radio stations following his graduation from California State University at Northridge. He eventually moved back east, working at stations including WDLA in Walton.
After leaving a paid radio job, he worked nights at Covidien Pharmaceuticals in Hobart, but after work in the mornings, he would really get busy. Martello says people always wondered when he slept.
Always on the move
Terry would host three radio shows at WIOX, travel to as many as three venues a day to catch music acts, take care of his aging parents in Middleburgh. His father had suffered a stroke and his mother is bound to a wheelchair. He also booked the acts and did all of the technical work for the Pine hill Community Center’s “Cabaradio,’ an evening of live performances streamed over the internet and broadcast live by WIOX.
Ann Epner, Community Center Executive Director says she doesn’t know what they will do without him, and she as with everyone who knew Terry, says she is still in shock at the news of his passing.
Martello says “When you see someone every day for two-and-a-half years, it’s hard to imagine he is gone.” Terry was at the station every day. No one is paid at WIOX. They are all volunteers. On December 12. he was given the station’s “Above and Beyond” award. He was the first recipient. It was even named the Terry Doyle Award.
It is unusual for a person who is still alive and apparently healthy to be so honored. WIOX Program Director Mike Teitelbaum says very often people say great things about people after they are gone, but in this case, Terry knew how much he was loved and appreciated while he was still alive.
Teitelbaum, Martello, Epner and the dozens of people who have paid tribute to Doyle can only say good things about him, which is fitting because they say he never said anything bad about anyone.
Teitelbaum called him”An Extraordinary Citizen of the Catskills.”
And he baked really good cookies.