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Radio celebrity ‘Mick’ Mackay dies

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"Mick" Mackay, 43, stand-up comedian and former Utah radio personality, died July 9, 2001, in Salt Lake City.

Melvin Gene "Mick" Mackay Jr. spent 14 years working at FM-98.7, also known as KCPX and later KBEE. He also worked at KLUB, KALL, KDAB and KISN in a broadcast career that spanned more than 20 years.

Mackay also performed stand-up comedy at local clubs.

Mackay once told the Deseret News that it was Tom Barberi, longtime KALL morning host, who got him into radio. Mackay's radio talent surfaced when he appeared on Barberi's version of the "gong show."

"Have you ever thought of being a DJ?" Barberi asked him, encouraging him to attend the University of Utah and get involved in KUER radio. Mackay started commercial radio with Barberi on KALL

Mackay is perhaps most famous for being one of the first traffic reporters on Salt Lake FM radio. One of his innovative creations later as a DJ was his "Polka Monster" feature, which utilized polka music. He was well-known for his ingenious, clean jokes and pranks in an age when some DJs were into risque radio.

He worked with FM-98.7 co-hosts Gary Zane, Jay Kelly and, most recently, Ellis B. Feaster from 1997-98.

Mackay's funeral will be Friday, July 13, 2 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive. Friends may visit on Thursday, July 12, 6-8 p.m., or one hour prior to the funeral at the mortuary.