Richmond DJ Kat Simons dies at 63
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Richmond DJ Kat Simons dies at 63

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Kat Simons, a longtime Richmond radio host.

Known for her love of animals, Simons was a midday DJ on Richmond’s Mix 98.1 for over 25 years. She hosted a segment called “Animal of the Day” on her show Kat’s Mix Café, where she partnered with local shelters to help find homes for homeless cats and dogs.

She died peacefully at home on June 28, according to the radio station. She was 63.

“She was more than just a voice on the radio; she was a valued friend and a comforting presence, always offering a kind word or a sweet question with genuine curiosity. Kat’s life was a symphony of kindness and dedication, played across the Virginia airwaves,” the station said in a statement.

“I worked with Kat for over a decade,” said Bill Bevins, another longtime Richmond DJ and current co-host of “Virginia This Morning” on CBS 6. “She was one of those people who just sounded great coming out of the speakers, and that’s all that really matters.

“Everyone asked me, ‘She can’t be that sweet and nice and loving in real life, can she?’ And I said, ‘She’s really more kind, loving and sweet in person. She was that kind of person. She cared. That made all the difference in the world. People understood that and connected with her,” Bevins said.

Simons grew up on a farm in Elkins, West Virginia, which sparked her love of animals. She graduated from Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College in 1979. She got her start at Elkins radio station WDNE and then worked in radio on the Outer Banks before moving to Richmond and working at Mix 98.1, then known as Lite 98.1 FM.

In addition to her work at the radio station, she devoted herself to animals and finding homes for rescued animals. She lived in Midlothian.

Kat Simons

Radio personality Kat Simons has used her show to help find homes for homeless animals. Richmond’s Mix 98.1 described her life as a “symphony of kindness and dedication.”

Courtesy of Mix 98.1FM

“Animals have never had a better or more dedicated friend than Kat Simons. She was extraordinary in every way, generously giving of her time and many talents to support causes close to her heart, and we were fortunate to be in her orbit,” said Tamsen Kingry, CEO of the Richmond SPCA.

“At Richmond SPCA, she hosted our annual Dog Jog, 5K and Block Party for nearly two decades, invited us into her studio every week to promote pet adoption, and raised awareness for our lifesaving events and programs on her community affairs show, among many other things. We miss her greatly and will work hard to honor her memory by rescuing and protecting the animals she loved so much,” Kingry added.

Simons has also volunteered her time with several charitable organizations including Richmond and Hanover ARC, Relay for Life, Alzheimer’s Association, Arthritis Association, SPARC, The Faison Center, and many others.

“She took care of everything. She took care of everybody but herself,” Bevins said. “Her health was not good,” he added.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Maplewood Cemetery in Elkins, West Virginia. Condolences may be left for the family at The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins,