Yellowstone pubradio personality dies at 55

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Lois Bent, a longtime voice on Yellowstone Public Radio, died June 15 after an 18-month fight against cancer. She was 55.

According to an obituary on the station site, Bent started her career at YPR/KEMC as a volunteer in the late 1970s. She began a classical program in 1983, also as a volunteer, and was hired as operations manager in 1986. Bent was named interim general manger in 2005 and remained in that position until her medical leave of absence began in January 2009.

Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices, an indie radio collective, recalls his friend who, as he put it, “passed on into that great audio control room in the sky.” He also offers an audio clip of Bent in 2003 answering his question, “How would you change the world?”

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