Merced Radio Stations Executive Dies

Lee Nye, general manager and vice president of Merced radio stations KUBB and KHTN died of an apparent heart attack on May 1, 2000.  He was 49. Mr. Nye began his radio career in 1969, eventually working at several stations in Ohio and California, including KBEE in Modesto.

He belonged to the Greater Merced Chamber  Of Commerce and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also served on the countyís Republican Central Committee and was a member of the Country Radio Broadcasters Association.

Steve Randall, KUBB program director, said the radio stationís offices were strangely quiet  without Mr. Nye on Tuesday, adding  that, "You could always hear him laugh."  Mr. Nye was born January 18, 1951 in Hamilton, Ohio and was raised in Pomona.

He is survived by his wife, Melody Nye of Merced and three children, his mother and two sisters.  A memorial service was held at the Merced Chapel of Ivers & Alcorn.