Keith Murphy, who was a popular talk show host and news anchor in the Black Milwaukee media scene for many years on radio station 1290 WMCS’ “Morning Magazine,” and on public television’s “Black Nouveau,” died Sunday. He was 56. The cause of death was not available at press time.
At the time of his death, Murphy was living in Washington, D.C. where he was originally from and where he started his career, working at WFTY-TV and at radio station WOL AM.
Murphy’s deep rich baritone voice first came to prominence on Black Milwaukee airwaves in 1993, when he made his debut at WMCS hosting the popular morning radio talk show until 1997. Murphy returned to 1290 AM in 2004, hosting “The Urban Journal” until 2006. “The Urban Journal,” also aired in national syndication on XM satellite radio.
Both Murphy’s distinct voice and face became known on Milwaukee Public Television’s “Black Nouveau,” a cultural current affairs and information program geared towards the city’s Black community.
Funeral services will be held Saturday in Washington, D.C.