Comments Debbie Scarborough Storey A really nice guy. Loved to listen to him and Rody! May he rest in peace. November 23, 2010 at 9:32am · David Findley HaHaHa Hello Labella.... November 23, 2010 at 9:35am · Tripp Chenault ` yep, great memories November 23, 2010 at 9:56am · Nancy Johnson One fantastic guy. Still missed. November 23, 2010 at 10:16am · Butch Smith He he he Hello Labella, This is Wa wa walter from Wa wa waco !!! November 23, 2010 at 10:31am · Sunny Dear A big part of our past..R.I.P. November 23, 2010 at 1:42pm · Kevin Wood What a guy......God bless you John!! November 23, 2010 at 2:44pm · Edward Lee Nevels He hit a fork lift that fell off a truck on I-30 November 23, 2010 at 4:12pm · David Findley He could of kicked Hunt James' ass, I'll bet. November 24, 2010 at 7:14am · Terri Felfe Hofstetter loved that guy. He was part of every morning before school in my pre-teen and teen years. November 24, 2010 at 7:14am · Sue Shipp Wrinkle loved Labella! November 24, 2010 at 9:23am · David Ruetten I was a teenager in 1978 when I first heard LaBella and Roadie on the Morning Zew. Beatles for Breakfast. Spam. Spam. Spam. and Walter from Waco. "Haa haa hello LaBella!" One of the most memorable times of my life. Sad to hear LaBella is passed. February 2, 2011 at 12:12am · David Ruetten KZEW was my favorite station. I too am from Waco. Let's see if I can remember the KZEW DJ's: John LaBella, John Roadie, John Dillon, Doc Morgan, Sally Diamond, Beverly Beasley. Beatles for Breakfast is a good memory too. It's strange that John Dillon is on Lone Star 92.5 these days. I thought he would have retired. But thanks for keeping the rock and roll dream alive! February 2, 2011 at 12:23am
LaBELLA JOHN CARL, 52, died March 4, 2002. A devoted husband and father, John also was a respected and admired radio personality. His deep passion for radio was evidenced by the energy, dedication and unshakable level of professionalism he brought to his craft. Born May 18, 1949, in New Britain, Conn., John graduated from the University of Hartford in 1972 where he also began his broadcasting career in 1968 at WWUH, the college radio station. After working at several stations in Connecticut including WHCN, John moved to Houston in 1977 where he worked for KLOL. In 1978 he moved to Dallas to work at KZEW (The Zoo) and became part of the legendary morning team of LaBella and Rody. Following working at KZEW, John fulfilled a life-long dream when he moved back to Connecticut to work at WTIC in Hartford. Drawn to Texas in 1992 by the opportunity to work at KZPS, John worked at The Arrow (KRRW), B-97.9 and spent the last several years doing the morning show on KMEO - Memories 96.7. John is survived by his beloved wife of eight years, Beth, and his adored 7-year-old daughter, Elise. He also is survived by his mother, Ruth LaBella of Middletown, Ct, his sister, Christine Sirigos of Portland, Ct., mother-and-father-in-Law, Bea and Frank Brundrett of Kemp. Texas, nephews Justin, David & Stephen Short and George Sirigos, as well as numerous other loving relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Louis LaBella and his brother, Michael. A celebration of John's life will be held Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church., Inwood and Northwest Highway. The Rev. David Howeth and the Rev. Ben Marshall officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the LaBella Scholarship Fund, c/o Bank of Texas, 6701 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75205, the Environmental Defense Fund, or Operation Kindness in memory of John Carl LaBella. Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Cemetery Mausoleum 7405 W. Northwest Highway Dallas (214) 363-5401
Marilyn Turner A very kind and thoughtful man who I will remember always. He had a lot of patience and took the time to teach me what I needed to know to do my job. Always had a smile for everyone.