Urban radio has been left stunned by the sudden death of Radio One personality Sheila Stewart.
The media veteran was on her way to work in Atlanta Thursday morning when she was killed in a car accident, Chris Wegmann, the Regional VP and General Manager for Radio One, confirmed. She was driving westbound on Interstate 20 when her Mercedes Benz came to a full stop for an unknown reason, according to DeKalb County police. She was struck from behind by a westbound box truck.
Stewart was pronounced dead at an area hospital. No one else was injured.
Stewart, who worked for D.C.’s Radio One stations, had been staying with her sister and working from Atlanta at the time of her death.
Stewart’s work in media spanned over 20 years. She most recently served as the News and Community Affairs Director for Radio One’s D.C. stations, delivering the news for 93.9 WKYS-FM, Praise 104.1, WOL-AM 1450, Spirit 1340, and Majic 102.3.
Those who knew remember her for her work in the community.
“If you say, ‘I have this community event, can you come?’ not only is she going to show up, she’s going to make sure the whole radio station is involved,” Russ Parr Morning Show co-host Georgia Alfredas said.
“A talented colleague, Sheila’s contributions will long be felt by her Radio One family and the lives she touched through her various charitable connections and community organizations,” Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson Radio One, Inc. said in a statement published on Praise 104.1′s website.
“Stewart represented Radio One with the utmost professionalism, passion and persistence in working with our county’s faith community, non-profits and the county government itself,” read a statement
A South Carolina native, Stewart graduated from Benedict College and also worked as an adjunct professor at several colleges.