Popular WJLE personality Mike Cantrell has died.
He passed away Tuesday at the V.A. Hospital in Nashville after a long bout with illness including lung cancer.
Mike was the night time announcer on Sunday's, Monday's, Wednesday's, and Thursday's hosting a Gospel music call-in request program.
Mike always enjoyed hearing from his listeners and for many he was more than just a radio announcer, he was their personal friend. He had a special bond with them and when he became so sick he couldn't return to work, several of his friends would often call the radio station to try to find out about his condition.
Mike not only loved playing music on the radio, he enjoyed writing and performing. He authored a couple of inspirational books, including one called "His Loving Touch" and he penned several songs and recitations, many of which he recorded and often played on his radio program, like "The Clown" and "The Old Farmer", among others.
Prior to his employment at WJLE, Mike worked as an assistant manager at K-Mart in McMinnville.