Doug Heath, radio DJ and editor of the San Antonio Observer, has died


SAN ANTONIO –Doug Heath, editor of the San Antonio Observer and radio personality at KROV FM, died March 30 at age 63.

Heath has become a well-known voice throughout San Antonio as a disc jockey for KROV FM, tackling the topics of the day and often sharing stories about his own life and struggles.

He was also editor of the San Antonio Observer, an African-American media outlet founded in 1995.

Heath has appeared as a guest on KSAT 12 News streams, including the Juneteenth community panel and a recent election panel.

After serving as a human resources director for 28 years at AT&T and Ameritech, he founded DJH Consulting in 2006. Heath also worked with Barack Obama’s campaign and was credited with helping bring him to San Antonio during of his first presidential election.

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As a child, Heath helped get into an elementary school in Baltimore.

The remarkable story of Heath’s life was told by the San Antonio Express-News early 2020.

In 2014, Heath’s car was hit by a truck on I-10. He was seriously injured and briefly pronounced dead before doctors could resuscitate him, according to the newspaper. Heath was paralyzed by the accident, but after surgery and months of rehabilitation he was able to walk and talk again.

“My glass is definitely full,” Heath told the Express-News in 2020. “That’s how I approach life.”

Heath’s funeral will be held at Calvary Baptist Church. The first screening will take place on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The second screening will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by the funeral.

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The funeral will be attended by several city officials, including San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

In lieu of flowers, the Heath family is accepting donations through Bell & Bell Funeral Home.

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