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‘Ludington lost a voice’: locals mourn radio personality claimed by COVID

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Chris “Craft” Herlein, also known as “The Boatman,” passed away from Covid-19 on April 18th. 

He began working at 94 K-Rock in 2010 and was the voice of West Michigan for more than a decade. 


Herlein also emceed a variety of events, from trivia nights at a local bar to Ludrock, a music festival which raises money for community causes. 


Ed Santarelli created Ludrock. 


“I think a lot of people may be struggling with Chris’ passing,” said Santarelli,  “Because, ya know, maybe it didn’t have to happen.”


Herlein had some hesitancy towards getting the vaccine and had recently had his appendix removed, says Santarelli. 


“Ludington lost a voice of the community and Ludrock lost its main voice for sure.”


Ed Santarelli spoke to IPR’s Kendra Carr about their friendship.