Established local media figure Darian Dudrick, 52, well known for his interviews on Big Horn Radio Network’s “Daybreak with Darian Dudrick”, died Tuesday.
The network announced his death on social media Tuesday night, and condolences poured in from community members who had been on his show and those who listened to him, with people praising his fairness, cordiality and his faith.
He was well known for the Speak Your Piece appeal portion of his daily show and advertised the Cody Stampede parades.
He spoke to superintendents, mayors, lawmakers, business leaders and civic leaders, but also just people who wanted to have their voices heard.
Cody Beers worked with Dudrick in the newspaper industry and was then a frequent guest on his radio show as a spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
“Huge shock,” he said. “Darian was a good man, treated everyone with dignity and respect and was professional. I spent an hour and a half months with him. We became friends, but he still asked me some tough questions.
“I miss him. Big loss in Cody Country.
Susan Patrick, co-owner of Legend Communications, the company that owns the station, said she was “devastated” by Dudrick’s death.
“He was loved by the community and the whole radio station,” she said.
Patrick confirmed that Dudrick died of COVID-19 and was “hospitalized for COVID and nothing else”.
“He was a great journalist and recognized throughout the state of Wyoming,” she said.
Patrick added that Dudrick won several awards from the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters.
“It is with a saddened heart that we must say goodbye to one of our own,” the radio announced on social networks. “Our hearts go out to the Dudrick family with the passing of Darian, a loving man of God, father and husband. He was Cody’s voice and will be missed by all.
Dudrick joined the radio network as a host in 2014. Immediately prior to that he spent five years as editor-in-chief of Cody Enterprise.
In 2013, he wrote an op-ed on how Cody was named one of the top 10 travel destinations and espoused his love for the city.
“As we become engrossed in our day-to-day life in Cody, it’s easy to lose perspective on where we live and take it for granted,” he wrote. “So may this current recognition be another reminder of how lucky we are. “
Dudrick was a Mass Communication graduate from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a 22-year veteran in the newspaper industry, primarily as an editor. During his career he won numerous awards from newspaper and radio press associations.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.