St. Louis radio legend Lou “Fatha” Thimes passes away

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The family of Lou "Fatha" Thimes says the St. Louis radio DJ legend has died.

"Fatha" Thimes was a mainstay in the St. Louis radio broadcast industry for over 50 years.   Thimes had recently fallen ill.

Thimes started his radio career 1952 in Okinawa, Japan but started in St. Louis in 1956 and served for years with popular 60s radio stations like KXLW, KWK, and KADI.  But generations of listeners remember him best for KATZ AM 1600 playing Blues and Gospel music for over 50 years.

He leaves behind his son, Lou Thimes, Jr. (The Real J.R.) and his international Jazz diva daughter, Ms. Denise Thimes.

Lou "Fatha" Thimes was  85 years old.




  • debwheeler

    Yes, rest in piece Mr Thimes. I can still hear your voice. Tonight I will listen to some blues, close my eyes and pray for your family. My deepest condolences to everyone

  • jimi brown jr

    RIP Fatha Thimes. My Dad told me many stories of you. You were his hero and one of the main reasons he started his own broadcast career. You are a true legend. Thank you for the memories and entertainment you brought to so many. My condolences to the Thimes family.

  • stephanie

    Wow, an icon gone but never forgotten. However, I am really bothered by the fact at this man has at least 8 other children, who are alive and well. I don’t like the ac that they only acknowledged to of them!!!!!

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