Dusty Street, a pioneering DJ best known for his work at Los Angeles-based alternative rock stations KROQ-FM and later SiriuxXM, died Saturday in Eugene, Ore. She was 77 years old.
His friend Geno Michelini, who worked for many years at LA-based station KLOS-FM, shared News on Facebook.
“I’ve been in a bed on Dusty Street in Eugene for the last two days,” Michelinie posted Saturday. “The innumerable afflictions with which she had been fighting indomitably in the last years finally overtook her. I am writing with a broken heart to say that Dusty left us tonight. She died peacefully, peacefully and surrounded by love in a beautiful quiet place by the most beautiful lake you could ever wish for. As he was fit for a queen. Tonight I lost one of my best friends and the world lost a legend of radio and music…. She was all that and more. There will never be another dirt road. The Queen is gone, but she will never be forgotten.”
Street most recently worked for more than 20 years as show host at SiriusXM deep tracks And Classic vinyl.
“We have lost one of our own,” SiriuxXM Posted On Facebook. “Dusty Street has died after 77 merry trips around the sun. And yes, Dusty Street was his real name. Dusty was one of the first female rock jocks on the West Coast, working at KMPX and KSAN in San Francisco from 1967 to 1978 before moving to Los Angeles, where she held court on KROQ in the evenings from 1979 to 1996. … Our hearts are broken.”
Street was known for being vocal in opposing the Parents Music Resource Center’s attempt to implement a ratings system for rock music. that once Said He was let go from KROQ for being a “renegade” as the station was imposing “stricter and tighter” controls on programming.
In 2015, he was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. Earlier this year, he took part in the Epix documentary San Francisco Sounds: A Place in Time, which highlighted Bay Area recording artists who were popular between 1966 and 1976, including Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power and the Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin.
once the road commented People often asked her if her name was real, and people were surprised to hear that it was not a stage name.. “My father’s name was Emerson Street. We lived on Emerson Street in Palo Alto, which was fun. Emerson Street on Emerson Street,” she said.