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Donn Ansell passes away at 69

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former radio and WWAY “Talk of the Town” host, Donn Ansell has passed away at the age of 69.

Donn grew up in New Jersey and was hired on as a temp at CBS. He went on to work on network shows from Captain Kangaroo to 60 Minutes.

Donn came to Wilmington as a radio announcer and is well known from his time on “Talk of the Town” on WWAY. Donn bought the station and ran it from 1988 until 1997. Donn was also an actor, director and managing director for the Thalian Association.

Rhonda Bellamy remembers her good friend and mentor, she says, “Well as many people know, Donn was my mentor, not only in the broadcast realm but in theater; two passions that we both shared . He was like a member of the family to me and I tell people often that there is no Rhonda Bellamy with out a Donn Ansell , he gave me my start in radio and supported me throughout the many things I’ve done in radio and theater, so he will be terribly missed.”

Rhonda visited Donn just last night in Hospice.

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