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Longtime Cedar Valley radio broadcaster unexpectedly dies

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The Cedar Valley airwaves are mourning the loss of a broadcasting icon.

KXEL broadcaster Paul Michaels was found dead in his home Monday morning.

Coworkers knew something wasn't right Monday when he didn't show up to work in the morning.

The preliminary cause of death was natural causes. Michaels was 65.

Fellow broadcasters say he will be truly missed.

"If you knew him for a number of years or you just knew him for a couple of days, he was just one of those rare guys who touched you in a way," said Craig Laue, KOKZ Program Director. "I don't think he realized how much he touched people and affected them. He was always upbeat and positive, always had a joke, always smiling. It's a huge loss." 

Michaels had been in radio for nearly 40 years. The Waterloo native first worked for KWLO, originally KWWL-AM.

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