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Fez Whatley (1964–2021), radio co-host of “The Ron and Fez Show”

by Linnea Crowther

Fez Whatley was a radio personality who co-hosted “The Ron and Fez Show” on Sirius XM along with Ron Bennington.

Radio career

Whatley was initially the producer of “The Ron and Ron Show,” starring Bennington and Ron Diaz. When that show came to an end, Whatley and Bennington teamed up and began their show in 1998 on WKRO in Daytona Beach, Florida. They moved to New York City’s WNEW in 2000 and to XM Satellite Radio in 2005. Born Todd Hillier, Whatley became known for the flamboyantly gay character he portrayed on the air before coming out as gay himself in 2012. He retired from the radio in 2015.

Whatley on coming out

“I can’t be part of ‘It Gets Better’ until I make sure things are going to get better for me. And that’s what I intend on doing. So that the next time I’m asked by someone ‘Are you really gay?’ I can finally answer, ‘24 hours a day.’” —source

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