Tampa public radio station WUSF announced on Tuesday that longtime host Carson Cooper has died. For 18 years, Cooper was the voice of station's Morning Edition show, and helped conceive and was the original host for groundbreaking local program Florida Matters.
“Carson was the voice of WUSF in the morning for radio listeners across Tampa Bay. He was a warm and engaging host, and an important part of our team. We are so sorry to lose him,” said WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky, in a statement. "We extend our most sincere condolences to Carson’s family. He will be greatly missed by the WUSF Public Media family and by the radio listeners of Tampa Bay.”
Cooper's passing was characterized as due to a long illness. He will be missed by listeners across the Bay area and beyond. Our deepest sympathies to his family and coworkers.