Dan Moon radio

Dan Moon, a radio personality for WTMA, listens to a caller during his morning radio show Tuesday, March 11, 2003.

Dan Moon, a longtime local radio talk show host and operations manager with WTMA-AM and former information officer with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, died Tuesday. He was 78.

Born Nov. 10, 1941, Moon’s love of radio began at age 13 after a tour of Columbia’s WNOK-FM station, according to a 1991 Post and Courier profile. He had gone to the studio to tape a teen dance program. A year later, he had his own show.

Moon began at Charleston's WTMA in 1988 as a station operations manager. “The Dan Moon Show” hit airwaves in 1989, in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. The station announced Moon's passing Wednesday morning.

The program became a platform for hurricane victims to vent, but Moon’s listeners stayed long after Hugo wreckage was cleared. Moon retired from WTMA in 2003, working briefly at WSC-FM before becoming a public information officer for the Berkeley Sheriff's Office.

In a July 2009 Post and Courier story, Moon joked of the career switch, "I still get to talk on the radio. The only difference is, it's the police radio." But Moon took his role at the Sheriff’s Office seriously. As an information officer, his plain-talking style earned him a warm relationship with local journalists.

"I know what reporters want and when they need it," he said. "And they know I won't lie to them."

In June, WTMA renamed its studio the Dan Moon Studio as part of its 80th anniversary festivities. Moon attended the ceremony and was presented with a commemorative plaque.

“Dan Moon was one of the highlights of WTMA’s 80-year history," said WTMA program director John Quincy. "Whether he was serving the Lowcountry during the nights after Hurricane Hugo, or waking up Charlestonians every weekday morning, he made a real impact both on the air and in the community. He was a friend to listeners and co-workers alike. We all were lucky to have known Dan Moon.”

WTMA will rebroadcast highlights from “The Dan Moon Show” 6-10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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