INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 9, 2015)-- Veteran Indianapolis broadcaster Tony Lamont knew no matter how well he hosted a five-hour long block on WTLC Radio this afternoon, his efforts would pale in comparison to the man who typically sat behind the mic at the downtown Radio One studios.
Lamont led the on-air celebration of the life of his friend and mentor Amos Brown who died at the age of 64 at his parents’ home in Chicago this past Friday.
Throughout the afternoon Lamont gently guided listeners and broadcasters and politicians and pastors and newsmakers through a remembrance of the man who was the voice of conscience in the city.
“We been on programs together, we’ve worked in the community together, and before there was Wikipedia, I could just go to Amos and get the information. He was like a walking history book,” said Pastor Jeffrey Johnson of Eastern Star Church. “Amos has done his part. He’s run his race and now that Moses is gone, Joshua has got to step forward.”
Brown passed after taking a few days off following the recent mayoral elections which he witnessed from the victory party of Mayor-Elect Joe Hogsett Tuesday night.
“He was like our Martin Luther King,” said one caller. “He was like our champion of justice here in this city.”
“He was like a father figure over the airwaves for everyone,” said one woman, “and we should all do our part to keep his legacy alive.”
Funeral arrangements are incomplete but tentatively set for Saturday.