Music & Culture Journalist Darryl Morden Dead at 52

Accomplished music journalist Darryl Morden died this past Friday from cancer. He was only 52.

Morden, a Los Angeles native, wrote for a number of media outlets, including Billboard, Grammy Magazine, Buzzine, and Music Connection. He wrote concert reviews for The Hollywood Reporter for almost two decades. Today THR published an obituary of their longtime contributor. An excerpt:

Born in Hollywood, Morden graduated from Cal State Northridge and began his career in 1981, working for ABC-Watermark on American Top 40, the most successful program in radio history. He was a writer for the show hosted by Casey Kasem — including its syndicated TV spinoff America’s Top 10 — penning and editing scripts, conducting artist interviews and working PR for the show. By 1988, he was associate producer for AT40, then hosted by Shadoe Stevens, and was head writer and associated producer of special programming projects for ABC Radio Networks.

The complete obit can be read here. Morden is survived by his wife Barbara and son Declan.