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“Sudzin Country” co-host Ted Kaldis passes away

The entirely WRSU family is mourning the death this week of long-time “Sudzin Country” collaborator and co-host Ted Kaldis, who passed away Sunday morning, June 10th, at the age of 65.

“Sudzin Country” DJ Ted Kaldis, who passed away June 10 at the age of 65.

Ted had been a host of “Sudzin Country” – the acclaimed country music program which airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on WRSU – for 20 years, according to show founder Herb Sudzin.  “He was a major part of my show and behind the scenes, said Herb.  “He loved the music, ‘Sudzin Country,’ and being part of the WRSU family.”

“Ted’s fingerprints are all over the show,” Herb adds.  “He’s the one that got me on the computer.  If it wasn’t for him, I’d still be playing records.”

“Ted was a big-hearted and generous man.  If a friend, or even a friend of a friend, needed something, he’d drop what he was doing and would be right there.  He was slow to anger and quick to forgive.  You never had to worry about him remembering an offense; he forgot it as soon as it was over,” said Herb.

“He was very gregarious and loved to talk.  During his frequent cross-country road trips, it could take

“Sudzin Country” hosts and co-hosts, from l. to r., Dan Tolliver, Elizabeth, Herb Sudzin, Pauline, and Ted Kaldis, at the WRSU 70th Anniversary Banquet this April.

up to an hour to fill up his tank with gas because of the conversations he got into with the other travelers there.” 

Another “Sudzin Country” contributor, Dan Tolliver, said, “Although his influence will continue to be felt for years to come, he will be greatly missed by all of us who have anything to do with the show.”