WGY host Don Weeks dies at 76

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — WGY host Don Weeks has passed away at 76.

Known as “Uncle Don,” Weeks joined WGY in 1980, and he worked there for 30 years.

His death was announced on the station’s website.

“He just has that knack, that uncanny ability to communicate one-on-one with the audience,” iHeartMedia Programming Manager John Cooper said.

Those who worked with Weeks said he instinctively knew what his listeners were thinking and always kept ahead of his audience.

“Some people just have that instinct,” Cooper said. “There aren’t many. They are few and far between, and that is why this is such a loss. Don is a unique entertainer.”

Weeks was an Albany native and worked as a disc jockey for both local radio stations and as a television weatherman before he got into advertising.

He won the prestigious Marconi Award in 2005 and was inducted into the New York State Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame four years later.

“To me, he ranks right up there with one of the best personalities that you ever heard on the radio,” Cooper said.

When Weeks signed off the air for the last time, he had one tearful request: “Remember me with a smile.”

Below are highlights from his final show in 2010, made available by WGY.

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