Donnie Mckethan Obituary: Pay Tribute to WPFW Radio American Songbook Host

donnie mckethan obituary
donnie mckethan obituary

On Monday, June 19, 2023, Donnie received his initial legal ancestor recognition. His Sunday broadcast, “The American Songbook,” was consistently rated as one of the most popular and well-attended. We must inform you that Donnie McKethan has died away, and we do so with great sadness. We send our sympathies to Donnie’s loved ones.

Donnie Mckethan Obituary

Donnie Albert W. McKethan, a native of Washington, DC, passed away at his home on June 19, 2023. Donnie and Melissa (Scrivens) McKethan were Donnie’s parents.

His devoted son Conrad Montgomery McKethan, brother-in-law Dr. Reverend Gerald H. Hesson (Colleen), stepson Dane DeSouza (Veleska), grandchildren Chelsie and Miles, great-granddaughter Aria, cousin Vera Tropeo, a large number of friends, and many ardent listeners of his radio show “The American Song Book” on WPFW-FM are left to carry on his loving legacy.

donnie mckethan obituary
Donnie Mckethan obituary

Donnie kept up his image as a great gentleman for over 20 years. He worked at WPFW as a jazz programmer. His family, friends, and the many listeners whose lives he impacted would like to hear from the employees and management at WPFW as they offer their condolences. On Tuesday, July 4, WPFW will honor Donnie McKethan with a program titled “Reshaping the American Songbook” from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The service will be conducted on June 29, 2023, at the National United Methodist Church, Metropolitan Campus, 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Service is available from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Visit and look for the worship livestream.

We want you to be a part of our celebration of Donnie McKethan and his music because he created a piece that will live on forever, and we want you to be a part of that.

Donnie McKethan was remembered in a tweet sent by WPFW89.3 on June 24. The tweet read-

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we announce the passing of Donnie McKethan. Donnie became an ancestor on Monday, June 19. His Sunday program, The American Songbook, was one of the most beloved. WPFW offers condolences to his family, friends and many listeners.”

Donnie Mckethan’s cause of death has yet to be revealed. We will update you as soon as we receive new details about his death. We send our sympathies to his family and friends.

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