December 8, 2023


100.7 WZLX introduced Friday morning that Karlson, who had hosted the station’s morning present since 2005, handed away in his sleep in a single day.

100.7 WZLX host Kevin Karlson died unexpectedly on the age of 60 in a single day. WZLX

Kevin Karlson, a longtime morning present host on Boston traditional rock radio station 100.7 WZLX-FM, died in his sleep in a single day, the station introduced Friday morning.

“It’s with nice disappointment that 100.7 WZLX shares information of the sudden passing of our pal, Kevin Karlson,” the station wrote on social media. “For nearly 20 years, Kevin helped get up Boston with humor and traditional rock. We invite you to share your reminiscences of Kevin as we have fun his life.”

Karlson had been a co-host of WZLX’s morning present since 2005, together with Pete McKenzie, Heather Ford, and since 2019, producer Kenny Younger. Karlson, McKenzie, and Ford beforehand hosted the morning present for WPDH-FM in New York earlier than decamping for WZLX as a unit in 2005.

“We misplaced a member of our Household right now,” Younger tweeted. “Relaxation In Peace, Hug your family members….”

WZLX host Carter Alan stated on-air Friday that they “weren’t precisely positive” how Karlson died.

Tributes to Karlson poured in on social media and on the air, with WZLX encouraging listeners to share their tributes to “that snarky, pot-stirring rascal” as one caller put it.

“Kevin was so humorous and made any day a greater one,” one listener wrote on WZLX’s Fb web page. “He will probably be missed. My condolences to his household, pals and to all of us who listened every day.”