Radio personality Tom Bolt dies

The former host of a popular 98X morning show passes away

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Tom Bolt
There’s sad news in the local radio and broadcasting community this week. Veteran radio personality Tom Bolt died on Tues. Aug. 2 at his home at the age of 46. Bolt, a Summerville native, worked for more than 25 years in rock radio, mostly in the Carolinas.

Bolt was best known by local listeners as the host of the Tom Bolt Show, a daily morning show that aired weekdays from 6-10 a.m. on 98X (now 98Rock), part of LM Communications.

“Tom Bolt came back to the business that he cared about just after 9/11, when he told me that he needed to be back on the air,” remembers Mike Allen, operations manager at 98 Rock. “He worked weekends and nights, and worked his way from that to the morning show. He was an entertainer that will be missed in Charleston.”

Most recently, Bolt did production work and voice-overs for Kirkman Broadcasting, home of local AM stations 1340 The Boardwalk and 1450 Fox Sports.

“Tom was a very talented individual,” John Dixon, production director of 1340 The Boardwalk, said this week. “His stroke from a few years back had given him a set of regrets about the way he had lived his life, and it made him a very soulful individual.”

Ted Byrne, the operations manager at Kirkman Broadcasting, added, “Bolt was a talent in many ways. His creative writing ability of imaging and commercials was excellent. He was at home in the production studio as well bringing to life the words he had placed on paper. Even though Thomas had only been with Kirkman Broadcasting a short time, he had become a valuable member of the staff. We all respected his professional ability ,his wit, his charm, and most of all his smile He was grateful to be alive and working. And we were grateful for him. He will be missed.”

A memorial service for Bolt will be held at 6 p.m. on Fri. Aug. 5 at Parks Funeral Home Chapel.

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