Tawn Mastrey
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Tawn Mastrey
Tawn Mastrey was an American disc jockey, music video producer, one of rock radio's top media personalities. She hosted a daily show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hair Nation Channel 23, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time. Mastrey was heard nationally on Westwood One Entertainment's Absolutely Live High Voltage every other week.
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  • 2007
    Age 52
    Mastrey died October 2, 2007 in Minneapolis at the age of 53.
    More Details Hide Details She had been suffering from the effects of hepatitis C, which she contracted as a child.
    She left her Hair Nation show in June, 2007, when she became too ill to work.
    More Details Hide Details In July, 2007, a number of metal musicians staged a benefit concert to raise money for an anticipated liver transplant, and to help raise awareness of the need for organ donations, through support for the nonprofit group Tawn Mastrey Foundation
  • 1976
    Age 21
    In 1976, after sensational news reports about violence and obscenity attributed to the Punk Rock phenomenon created a fear and panic in the already Disco threatened world of Rock music, artists like The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and The Clash, along with early New Wave artists, were shunned and denied airplay by most commercial Rock stations in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details While continuing to feature Hard Rock and Heavy Metal during the height of the Disco era, Tawn Mastrey's KSJO also championed Punk and New wave artists like The Ramones, The Clash, The Police and Devo giving them rare, vital airplay while showcasing them with on air studio appearances prior to their eventual popularity on newly formed Alternative Rock stations in the early 1980s. Breaking "Roxanne" By The Police There is also evidence that with Tawn Mastrey as Music Director, KSJO was the first commercial station to add the import single of "Roxanne" by The Police. After 1st being played on KSJO's Sunday Evening New Wave "Outcasts Hour" the single was added by Tawn and first played by Paul "The Lobster" Wells on his regular shift in 1978. Helping to Popularize Heavy Metal Bands in the 1980s In the Los Angeles Market which was arguably ground zero and home base for the most popular heavy metal bands of the 1980s, her influence as the Leather Nun at KNAC also preserved Hard Rock bands like The Scorpions and help popularize Heavy Metal artists like Mötley Crüe from the mid-1980s, through the mid-1990s Alternative Rock takeover of the airwaves.
  • 1954
    Born in 1954.
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