Alison Steele, whose sultry voice and iron will helped her become one of the country's first female disc jockeys, died Wednesday of cancer in New York City. She was 58.
She was widely known to late-night radio listeners as "the Nightbird." Her most recent perch was K-ROCK, a classic rock 'n' roll station in New York.
Ms. Steele loved to work hours that most other people find good for sleeping. "I'm a night person," she said in 1971 when she was with WNEW she worked for about 14 years. "I think it has a mysterious quality. I never get lonely up here."
Ms. Steele also often did voice-overs for radio and television commercials, according to her sister, Joyce Loman.
She is a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and in 1976 became the first woman to receive Billboard
Magazine's "FM Personality of the Year" award.
Harry Goldman, 92, a retired state judge who appointed a panel to protect inmates after the bloody Attica prison riot, died of cancer Sept. 21 in Rochester, N.Y.
Grady Sutton, 89, one of W.C. Fields' favorite foils as a character actor in "The Bank Dick" and other films, died Sept. 17 in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Timothy Jenkins, 44, a tenor who sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for more than a decade, died of a heart attack Sept. 21 in Durham, N.C.