Longtime Baton Rouge radio broadcaster, Kevin Meeks, has died following a Friday night traffic accident.
Meeks, 60, died after the motorcycle he was on was hit by a car near the intersection of Jefferson Highway and Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge.
Meeks was perhaps best known for his work as a host on morning talk radio on WJBO, where he worked from 1996 to 2015. He started his radio career at a station in Thibodaux after first getting the passion for radio while attending college at Southeastern University in Hammond.
Matt Kennedy co-hosted the WJBO morning show with Meeks for 14 years. "In our many years of working together, we often disagreed, but I loved him like a brother," Kennedy said. "My heart is broken."
Meeks had just one child, Josh Meeks.
Josh Meeks, who followed his dad's footsteps into the field of journalism, is currently the Executive Producer for WAFB-TV's 9News This Morning.
"For years, I could run into total strangers who knew more about my life than some of my best friends," Josh Meeks said in a written statement Saturday afternoon. "My dad never hesitated to brag on me on the air, or share stories of our movie debates, or reflect on (sometimes embarrassing) memories of my childhood. Growing up, he was as much a best friend to me as he was a father, as I was practically a clone of the man. Because of the often heated political nature of his shows, any time a stranger would ask me 'Are you related to Kevin Meeks?' I'd always first have to ask 'why?' He was a great dad, and the smartest man I know."
An avid Yankees and LSU fan, Kevin Meeks was born on a Naval base in Key West, but spent his life in Baton Rouge.
His late wife Marie died in 2008.