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Juke Van Oss, longtime Holland radio host, dies at 92


A western Michigan radio host who talked about the town of Holland and beyond with listeners for more than six decades has died.

WHTC-AM Market Manager Kevin Oswald said that Julius "Juke" Van Oss, the station's longtime "Talk of the Town" host, died Monday at 92.

His last show was Friday.

Oswald says Van Oss "made it seem as though he were sitting down talking to you."

Oss told The Grand Rapids Press in 2006 his show was like "people speaking over the back fence."

He joined the station in 1951 as an engineer, and his on-air work started shortly thereafter.

He started co-hosting "Talk of the Town" in 1959 and went solo in 1981.

Van Oss was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.