Attorney Wants People to Remember Dave Herman for His Radio Legacy

The sordid final chapter of Dave Herman‘s life has come to a sudden end. Per a report in the Journal News, the trailblazing one-time WNEW-FM radio DJ passed away in Essex County jail Thursday while awaiting trial on federal sex charges relating to Internet solicitation of a minor.

The case will now, forcibly, be dismissed. Meanwhile, Herman’s legal representative relayed to reporter Hoa Nguyen some very wishful thinking:

Attorney Marc Agnifilo said he hoped the case wouldn’t overshadow Herman’s legacy.

“Some would say he lived his last months under a legal cloud and that’s true, but we should remember him for the decades he gave the gift of music to people,” Agnifilo said.

Herman was 78. After complaining of chest pains on Wednesday, he was taken to a hospital in Newark, where he passed away Thursday. A far cry from the heyday of Herman’s Rock & Roll Morning Show.

Here’s some extended audio from Herman’s WNEW days, circa 1977. And here’s a better-days interview with Herman, done by frequent contributor Dan McCue.

[Image via: Federal Bureau of Prisons]