Maurice "Doc" Hill, former president and owner of radio stations KMYT and KYOS in Merced, passed away July 2, 2004 at his Mariposa home following a brief illness.
He began his broadcasting career as chief engineer at KBOX Radio in Modesto from 1955 to 1958. Mr. Hill was later manager and chief engineer at KROY in Sacramento and chief engineer at KXOA radio, also in Sacramento. From 1960 until 1967, he was vice-president and chief engineer at KLIV in San Jose, before acquiring the radio stations in Merced.
Mr. Hill was active in community affairs, including past-president of the Merced Rotary Club, past director of the Merced Chamber of Commerce and also belonged to the Elks Lodge 1240. Ben Pelikan, retired jeweler and community leader, said Mr. Hill "was always very fair in business and had a tremendous radio voice. He was very promotion -minded, active in the community and sincere in what he was doing."
He is survived by two daughters; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores, and son, Randy.