Wesley Robertson, host of ‘Rockin-N-Stompin’ show on KVMR, dies after wreck, friends say
Wesley Robertson, a longtime broadcaster with KVMR, died Sunday, hours after police found his vehicle off the side of Highway 49, authorities and coworkers of Robertson said. He was 63.
Robertson was found by Grass Valley police around 11:30 p.m. Saturday near the northbound off-ramp to Idaho Maryland Road. He fell while talking to police and was taken to Sierra Nevada Medical Center, where CPR was performed. He then was transferred to a Placer County hospital for a medical issue, Sgt. Dan Kimbrough said.
Robertson died Sunday morning from injuries sustained during a car wreck, KVMR General Manager Julie Chiarelli and Program Director Steve Baker said in an email.
Mikail Graham, a founding broadcaster at KVMR, said he feels like he’s lost a family member.
“He’s full of life,” Graham said. “Always a kind word.”
Melissa Ann Seibold, who worked with Robertson at the radio station, was in the studio on Saturday for what would become his final show.
“He was just an incredibly upbeat, positive, rock-and-roll loving man,” she said. “He was part of the heart and soul of our live broadcasts over the last decade.”
Robertson began hosting the “Rockin-N-Stompin” show in 1990. His involvement in music festivals and concerts grew over the past 10 years, according to KVMR’s website.
Robertson was about to celebrate his first anniversary with “The Beer Show,” a monthly radio segment that focused on home brewing, industry trends and regional craft beer events.
“You never expect this,” Graham said.
Seibold called Robertson a man who was welcoming to everyone.
“He’s going to be missed forever,” she said.
According to Kimbrough, officers spotted Robertson’s vehicle and stopped to investigate. The driver’s side airbag had deployed, and Robertson displayed symptoms of intoxication.
Officers administered a field sobriety test. Near its end Robertson fell. An officer grabbed him and eased him to the ground, the sergeant said.
Robertson was given CPR at the local hospital before being taken to a Placer County facility, Kimbrough added.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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