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Richmond, VA — James David Mitchell (Mitch Malone) passed away at 5:00AM Monday (November 25, 2013) morning of natural causes. Mitch Malone was the noted host of KISS-FM’s “Quiet Storm” radio show since 2005. He has a very long and continuous broadcast career in Richmond, Virginia.

The Quiet Storm, hosted by Mitch Malone is Richmond’s Number One rated radio show and has been #1 for many years. Vice-President and General Manager Linda Forem comments, “Mitch was the calm in the storm. He has without a doubt one of the best most soothing voices to ever be on Richmond radio or television. I recall during the horrible storms over the years, when thousands of people had lost their electricity and were only able to stay connected via the radio, listening to Mitch truly soothed us. I got letters from listeners telling me that without Mitch, they would have been frightened. He was also a very proud Alumni of Virginia State University, where his daughter graduated as well. We’re in complete shock here, and trying to digest this terrible circumstance.”

 His official station biography describes him as follows:

 “Mitch Malone, host of the 804′s No.1 night time radio show, the “Quiet Storm” was a veteran in the radio industry,having worked in several markets, including Greensboro, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Raleigh-Durham, as well as serving his alma mater, Virginia State University as Music and Sports Director at their campus station WVST. Mitch was also the “Voice of Trojan Football and Basketball” for several years during which time he received the CIAA Sportscaster of the Year Award on three occasions. He was also the original voice of the Richmond-area’s first Urban-oriented radio station, Magic 99 FM.

A Petersburg native and VSU alum, Mitch was active in his community and was a member of the Gillfield Baptist Church family. He frequently spoke to youth groups in schools and at community events encouraging our young people to strive to be all they can be and to work harder for a better future. Mitch truly appreciates his listening audience which seems to grow bigger with each passing year. For a silky smooth musical experience join Mitch Malone on KISS FM’s “Quiet Storm.”

In addition, his final post on his Facebook page yesterday expressed his true feelings for his life, his faith, his community, his family and his Radio One home: Posted by Mitch Malone Sunday afternoon, 11/24/13:

As we move closer to that special day set aside for Thanksgiving, Dr. George W. C. Lyons, Jr., my Pastor at Gillfield Baptist Church reminded us all today that we should be “Thankful” each and every day for each and every blessing. As we witness the many challenges and tragic events that come about week to week, we realize there is so much to be Thankful for because the Lord has blessed us in so many, many ways.I would simply like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving, and I pray that you have a blessed holiday well spent with family and friends. I’d also like to say THANK YOU to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has blessed me with great parents, a small, but loving family, a lonnnnnng and exciting career where I have met so many wonderful people who have helped or supported me in so many, many ways.I also say THANK YOU to my KISS listening audience, which happens to be the LARGEST in V-A! But like John Legend, I don’t wanna brag. I’m humbled by that because as a youngster growing up in Petersburg, I had a dream, and only by the grace and mercy of God have I been able to live that dream in a major way. As Dr. King once said “Longevity has it’s place”, and because of your love and support over all these years, I have enjoyed that longevity in an industry that rapidly changes.I’m blessed to enjoy the same friends, frequent the same places, and have such a great mutual respect with those in my circle. I THANK YOU for the love, for the continued support, and for taking me from the “Night Park” to the top of the Radio Charts. Again, THANK YOU. I would like to re-post this pic of Mr. Ernest Shaw, who opened the doors for young Black dreamers like myself, THANK YOU “Mr. Clue”. Happy Thanksgiving everyone……..especially to my Radio-One Family!!!

Mitch was an only child, and his daughter, Bretne Bannister, was his closest relative. Both he and his daughter were Virginia State Graduates. 

Funeral arrangements are underway.

Flowers and acts of kindness should be sent to: Donald Jefferson, 2521 Century Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805 (804-731-5689)

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