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Wed November 21, 2012

Tulsa Radio Host Phil Stone Dies

Late Tulsa broadcaster Phil Stone
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Iconic Tulsa radio broadcaster Phil Stone has died. For 27 years, he and Brent Douglas hosted the morning program on Tulsa radio station KMOD. Only last month, the station’s corporate owner, Clear Channel Communications, announced that it was unable to come to terms on a new contract with the pair, and the program ceased broadcasting.

The top-rated program was known for its irreverent  humor. Phil and Brent created the fictional "good ol' boy" character, Roy D. Mercer. Mercer would make prank phone calls to unsuspecting people, which were recorded and later played on the air. They went on to make several comedy albums for Capitol Records.

Stone’s program on KMOD was one of the longest-running programs in modern Tulsa radio, eclipsed only by Billy Parker's years at KVOO and John Erling’s 29 years at KRMG.

Details of Stone’s death have not been announced.