Ernie Myers, radio veteran, dies at 86

Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 20:09:58-05

Longtime San Diego radio veteran and horse racing broadcaster Ernie Myers died Tuesday at his home in La Mesa, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced.

Myers, 86, died from complications of Parkinson's disease, according to the DMTC.

Longtime friend Onyx Novelle Jones told club officials that Myers had been fighting Parkinson's for the past four years and recently entered into a hospice care arrangement.

Myers grew up in Glendale, landed roles in a few movies, and turned to radio after an Army hitch.

He broadcast on the Mighty 690, KSDO and KOGO, using a humorous style in a career that spanned four decades, from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Myers also called horse races and hosted a television satellite feed at Del Mar.

Memorial service arrangements are pending, according to the DMTC.