Trailblazing Female DJ Dusty Street Dies at Age 77

Dusty Street, a well-known name in the DJ world for her time working for Los Angeles alternative rock station KROQ-FM, and later, SiriusXM, has passed away on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon. At the age of 77, Street leaves behind a legacy as a pioneer in the music industry.


What do we know about Dusty Street’s passing?

Geno Michellini, a longtime employee of Los Angeles radio station KLOS-FM, reported the news on Facebook. “I have been in Eugene the last two days at Dusty Street’s bedside,” she began. “The numerous afflictions that she has been so indomitably fighting these last years finally caught up to her. I am writing with a broken heart to say that Dusty left us tonight.”

Continuing, she wrote: “She died peacefully, quietly and surrounded by love in a beautifully serene location overlooking the most beautiful lake you could ever want. As befitting the queen that she was. Tonight I lost one of the best friends I ever had and the world lost a radio and music legend … . She was all that and so much more. There will never be another Dusty Street. The queen is gone, but she’ll never be forgotten.”

SiriusXM And Dusty Street: Tributes And A Long Partnership

Dusty Street’s most recent radio gig was with SiriusXM for over two decades. There, she hosted shows like ‘Deep Tracks’ and ‘Classic Vinyl’. Street was known for being outspoken in the music industry; she staunchly opposed efforts to censor rock music. In 2015, she was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. Her legacy also lives on in the Epix documentary San Francisco Sounds: A Place in Time, which she took part in earlier this year.

On Facebook, SiriusXM penned a heartfelt tribute to the DJ, writing: “We have lost one of our own,” Dusty Street has passed away after 77 joyous trips around the sun. And yes, Dusty Street was her real name. Dusty was one of the first female rock jocks on the west coast working at KMPX and KSAN in San Francisco from 1967 through 1978 before heading to Los Angeles where she held court in the evenings from 1979 through 1996 on KROQ. … We are heartbroken.”

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