AKRON -- Another on-air personality from the WNIR 100.1 FM family has passed away.
According to a post on the radio station's web site, Tom Erickson died on Saturday after a "personal battle" at the age of 58.
Erickson had been off the air since June 5 for medical reasons -- shortly before fellow WNIR talk show host Howie Chizek unexpectedly died.
WNIR says Erickson spent more than 30 years working as a radio and television news reporter before starting as a talk show host on Sept. 4, 2001.
"He had an affinity for everything extraterrestrial and would keep listeners up to date on the latest news involving America's space program, seasoning the conversations of his nightly talk show with information, humorous and, at times, bizarre topics," WNIR's announcement said.
The web post also says Erickson was a "great support of law enforcement and emergency workers, those on the front lines in times of crisis or disaster. He also devoted much of his spare time to the cause of finding homes for abandoned dogs and cats."
Erickson was also known as a faithful fan and follower of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
WNIR 100.1 FM, which dubs itself as the "Talk of Akron," broadcasts out of Kent.