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    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

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Rody's Tribute
Photo Courtesy of Keith Bowden

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
John Labella
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.