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Gene Amole Obituary

DENVER (AP) – Gene Amole, whose roots in radio and television laid his foundation as a longtime Rocky Mountain News columnist, died Sunday. He was 78.

Amole (pronounced AY-mul) told readers in October he was dying. But he kept writing, turning his column into a diary of his experience.

A column written by Amole to be read after his death was to be published in Monday's newspaper.

Writing his "diary pages" seemed to give Amole new vigor. In one stretch, he wrote in every edition of the News – six days per week – for 17 consecutive weeks.

Column writing was the third career for Amole, whose views first reached Denverites through the radio.

With partner Ed Koepke, he turned KVOD-FM into a commercial classical station. He woke up the city playing Vivaldi and Mozart, weaving in his commentary and sometimes ad libbing advertisements.

During this time, Amole also became involved in television, writing and producing from the first week the medium came to Denver. He won a Peabody Award for a live, half-hour show he wrote and hosted profiling people and places in the metro area in the late 1950s.

Amole, whose first column appeared on Dec. 18, 1977, was to the Mile High City what Herb Caen was to San Francisco. In a state with just as many newcomers as natives, Amole gave new residents a glimpse at the old Denver before cookie-cutter high-rises, when it wasn't ashamed to be a cow town.

Amole wrote unsentimentally about his experience serving with the 6th Armored Division in Europe. But he also upset fellow veterans by criticizing Hollywood's sentimentalizing of the war, describing the unheroic actions of some soldiers he served with.

Readers also got to know Amole's wife and four children by name through his columns.

Copyright © 2001 The Associated Press

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