Dennis “Dr. D” Hardy


Dennis “Dr. D” Hardy

October 2, 1946 – November 29, 2009

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dennis “Dr. D” Hardy’s passing on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Dr. D has been a beloved member of the KSPC family since he began hosting a blues show on Saturday afternoons during the summer of 2003. He continued hosting blues shows for a couple of years, doing fill-in spots for Art Martel’s “Straight Up Blues Show” and Bill Hill’s polka program on Saturday mornings. In the fall of 2005 he took over the polka program full-time and brought our Saturday morning listeners great polkas each week until earlier this year when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Dr. D was a musician and enthusiast of all types of music — and despite a very busy work schedule outside of the station, he devoted many hours each week to sharing music and conversation before, during and after his show with listeners and fellow DJs alike. He had a great sense of humor (see photo below) and was always very kind and supportive; he was giving of his time and took great delight in interacting with his listeners. He was also a photographer and artist, and his work can be seen at

Tune in this Saturday, December 12 from 8 to 11am (Pacific) — his daughter Jessica and her friend Amy (a.k.a. “The Polka Dots), who filled in for Dennis on occasion, will return to the airwaves once more for a tribute program in his honor.

If you were a listener/friend of Dr. D’s and would like to send a card or message to his family, please send it to:

The Hardy Family
c/o KSPC
340 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Photo below: Dr. D as the “Blues Monster”, a Halloween display and performance he did at his home one year…

Dr. D the

-Erica Tyron

4 Responses to “Dennis “Dr. D” Hardy”

  1. Kenn
    December 10, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    Dr. D, You will be missed !

  2. Margo & Marty Fletcher
    December 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Dr. D”s lovely wife Ruth went to high school in Toms River, New Jersey with my older sister Donna [Ruth’s brother Fred is a dear friend of mine]

    When my sister told us of Dennis’s passing she said “Ruth & Dennis, were so very,very close”.
    They truly loved, truly trusted and made a lasting family in the best sense of the word… to which he will always be a part.

    I last saw Dennis a few years ago in Jersey when Ruth and Donna had their 50th High School Reuion at TR!!

    Oddly, on the day Dennis passed away, I came across the photo’s of my lovely sister Donna & her wonderful friend Ruth..taken by her talented, funny, kind husband Dennis Hardy…everyone smiling!

    Dennis may you rest in peace with the knowleged that you have left us all with many wonderful memories and love in our hearts for a very speical man!

    Margo J. Fletcher
    Brick, N.J.

  3. Sue Satterwhite
    December 11, 2009 at 6:32 am #

    Heaven is blessed to have Dennis among its musicians today!

  4. December 13, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Blessed are they who have talent, humor and love for all humanity. Dennis was also blessed with many friends, many prayers for his healing and comfort and with a loving, beautiful wife and family. He will live on, as
    God intended in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege to know him.
    His family remains in our thoughts and prayers.

Leave a Reply