David Hall (1954 – 2012)


On February 4th, 2012, we were devastated to learn that our co-worker, Program Director, longtime family member and faithful friend, David Hall, had passed away.

David’s steadfast professionalism and charm were hallmarks of his time at the helm of Lightning 100. He  was THE face and THE voice of Nashville rock radio and Lightning 100, spanning decades at the microphone. He was a fierce advocate of many Nashville artists you hear on Lightning 100, a role which he relished as “David Hall Rocks Y’all,”  every weekday afternoon. He brought them to Nashville radio and the rest of the world via live broadcast and the internet every Sunday with Nashville Sunday Night. In local music, David championed everyone from Jason & the Scorchers in the 80’s, The Evinrudes and Leigh Nash in the 1990s, to Gabe Dixon and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, in 2012.

Prior to his work at Lightning 100, Nashville radio listeners knew David, a Kentucky native, from his years at WKDF-FM, which was one of the south’s legendary rock stations during his employment there, from 1980 -1988.  David also broadcast as part of the 1988 -1993 line-up at Classic Rock WGFX “The Fox,” before coming to Lightning 100.In the coming days we will mourn the loss of our loyal friend and celebrate his life and contributions to the Nashville music scene.


  1. Lightening 100, Thank you for honoring David the way you are and keeping his voice on Lightening 100. It gives me confort to hear his voice.

  2. Dave Hall, been listening and sparing with you via email for years! Rock on, Dude. You will be remembered and missed by us all who first heard you on KDF….oh, those were the days!

  3. Such a long time has gone by since WKDF. David was there playing the theme music while I made my herstory. Thanks Dave for helping to create my moments and memories, Sherry

  4. I have been listening to David since KDF days. He didn’t need to say his name as his voice got your attention immediately. I will miss listening to such a treaure we had in Nashville and beyond. RIP

  5. I always enjoyed hearing David Hall on the radio. His kind, calm and comforting voice as well as his insightful music thoughts and interviews always made my day.

  6. I was so shocked and saddened to hear this today. Sending condolences to his family, his colleagues, and his listeners. He will be missed.

  7. I have lived in Nashville since 2000 and I have been a longtime listener . I LOVE David Hall , HE is what made Nashville Sunday NIghts and everything in between. Its still kinda strange to listen now in the afternoon/evenings and he not be on. ” David Hall Rocks Y’all !!”

  8. When I needed advice regarding leaving college radio for commercial radio, David took the time to reply and gave good advice with honesty. I always appreciated what he did.

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