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Radio horror host dies at 37

STANFORD -- Rick Watson Kabrich - better known to his fans as Dr. Morgan, host of the nationally syndicated radio horror series that began on Stanford student-run radio station KZSU-FM - died of cancer March 13 at his home in Union City. He was 37.

At 10 months of age, Kabrich was diagnosed with cancer in both eyes and spent the next 20 years undergoing treatment at the Stanford Medical Center before losing his sight entirely in 1975. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1991.

Kabrich had been an avid fan of radio drama since childhood. In 1988, he called KZSU to express his appreciation for their drama hour. The producer was so impressed with Kabrich's voice and knowledge that he wound up as the show's new host, the creepy Dr. Morgan.

Kabrich hosted old radio dramas of horror, mystery and suspense. Today, "Mystery Playhouse" airs on KZSU and other community stations nationwide. It is also broadcast internationally on the Yesterday USA Superstation Satellite.

Funeral services were held March 16. The family requests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Sister John Marie's Pantry in Fremont or the Seeing Eye Inc. in Morristown, N.J.



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