Alan Almond was the mysterious personality behind the "Pillow Talk" radio show on WNIC from the 1970s through the 90s.
According to various reports, Almond, who was believed to be in his 60s, died at his home in Birmingham.
He had complete creative control over the show, which he created. It would go on to be syndicated throughout the country for years.
Click above to hear Almond's show intro from the Motor City Radio Flashbacks blog. Mobile users CLICK HERE to listen.
Almond was on nightly, playing smooth music late night. But he rarely was seen in public and never photographed which added to his mystique.
FOX 2's Jay Towers, who is a current WNIC personality, called Almond "smooth talking" in a tweet Tuesday night.
"No one set 'the mood' better in this city," Towers said on Twitter.
Dick Kernen, vice president of Specs Howard School of Media Arts told WWJ that Alan Almond never wanted anyone to know what he looked like, which was part of his aura on radio:
"That was very important to Alan that he not ever be recognized because he was so popular that he would have struggled to have a life - had anyone known who he was," said Kernen. "Alan pioneered and became this amazing personality no one ever knew what he looked like.
"And every night he would go on the air and do a show that no one had every heard of before or experienced before - he was definitely a pioneer."
For more Alan Almond, go to his website: http://www.alanalmond.com/