Remembering Boston Radio Host Kevin Karlson
The Boston radio community is mourning the loss of longtime WZLX 100.7 morning host Kevin Karlson, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 27, 2023 at the age of 59. For nearly two decades, Karlson entertained and informed Boston listeners with his engaging broadcasting style and deep passion for rock music.
Kevin Karlson had been a beloved on-air staple in the Boston market since 2005 when he joined WZLX as co-host of the popular morning program. He shared the mic with radio colleagues Pete McKenzie and Heather Ford, bringing his unique brand of humor and musical knowledge to the airwaves.
Prior to his tenure at WZLX, Karlson hosted alongside McKenzie and Ford on New York’s WPDH-FM morning show. When the team moved to Boston in 2005, they brought an instant rapport and local radio chemistry.
Over the years, Kevin Karlson connected with generations of rock music fans over the airwaves. He entertained audiences with his quick wit, musical takes, and rapport with his morning show team.
Karlson’s sudden passing in his sleep has deeply saddened colleagues, listeners, and the broader Boston radio community. His voice and presence will be sorely missed on the local airwaves. But the spirit, passion, and fun that Karlson brought to his shows will live on.
The WZLX family extends sincere condolences to Kevin Karlson’s loved ones during this difficult time. Though he can never be replaced, Karlson leaves a lasting positive impact through the special moments and memories he provided on-air.
Kevin Karlson lived and breathed rock music, and that authenticity came through in every entertaining show he hosted. He did what he loved, and Boston listeners reaped the benefits for many years. Karlson’s legacy persists in the hearts of those he connected with over the airwaves.
Beloved Boston radio personality Kevin Karlson left us too soon at 59. But his spirit carries on through the joy he brought local listeners each day. Karlson will be missed, but never forgotten.