Longtime Harrodsburg radio personality dies

May 28, 2004

HARRODSBURG - Darleen Riley Vanover, a radio personality from Harrodsburg, died Wednesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. She was 42.

Vanover was an on-air announcer at WHBN radio station, where she had begun working as a student at Mercer County High School.

"Over time, it became her vocation and her passion," said Robert Wagner, general manager of WHBN. "When you love what you do, you love life and everyone around you, and she did."

Her family was her top priority, but Wagner said Vanover had a variety of interests, including car and truck shows where she would show off her own ride, a black Dodge Dakota Quadcab.


At WHBN, Vanover did a little bit of everything.

"She was an announcer, did commercials and sales, all of it," Wagner said. "She even did a little bit of sports play-by-play when we needed it."

After being diagnosed with cancer, Vanover kept coming to work for as long as she could, Wagner said. "A month ago, you wouldn't have known she was sick."

Wagner said Vanover was a great worker and a better person. "I don't know if I can say enough about her," he said.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by Joseph Smith and Pete Gilliam. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County.

Born Aug. 4, 1961, in Fort Eustis, Va., she was the daughter of Donald B. and Lillian G. Thompson Riley of Mercer County. She was a disc jockey since 1980 with Hometown Radio and WHBN Radio and a member of Shakertown Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Vanover; two sons, Arnold R. White and Joseph B. White, both of Harrodsburg; a daughter, Crystal S. White of Harrodsburg; three grandchildren; five stepchildren; and nine stepgrandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Cloyd, Jeremy Jackson, Shawn Davis, Norman Hall, Mike Thompson and Shane Cocanougher. Honorary pallbearers are members of the staff of Hometown Radio Network and Janet Watts, Kathy Lewis and Becky Renteria.

Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and after 7 a.m. Saturday.

Memorials may go to Shakertown Baptist Church, 2894 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg 40330, and Clay Lick United Methodist Church, 225 Clay Lick Church Road, Salvisa 40372.

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