Toby Keith’s Rich History With The Delaware Valley
Toby Keith had a rich history with the Delaware Valley and 92.5 XTU.
We were saddened to hear that the country music legend had lost his battle with cancer on the morning of February 6th. His family confirmed via Toby’s social media that he had passed away the night before on February 5th.
To celebrate Toby’s legacy we played some of his best songs and took calls from XTU Nation who shared their memories of him.
Since June of 2022 when he was diagnosed, we all knew that Toby would battle stomach cancer with all he had. He endured chemo, and radiation and had surgeries during his fight. In December of 2023, Toby Keith played three shows in Las Vegas, a sort of mini-residency. Even during his sickness he never stopped doing what he loved, performing for his fans.
Caroline also shared her memory of the “Red Solo Cup” singer, “I can remember growing up in the 90s with my mom watching his country music videos on TV. He was a legend.”
Andie Summers said, “We have a very rich history with Toby Keith here in the Delaware Valley, for sure. He had a loving relationship with XTU Nation. I think especially because we have three military bases so close. And Toby is such a supporter, was such a supporter of the U.S. military and everything that it stood for.”
In 1997 at our 13th Anniversary Show, Toby Keith celebrated with 92.5 XTU at The Susquehanna Bank Center. On Stage that day Tanya Tucker, Toby, Little Texas, and Marty Stuart. He also sent us an Anniversary Show Greeting during our 25th Anniversary in 2009, which is pictured below.
On April Fools Day 2013, Villanova University even had some fun with Toby and a red Solo cup. On The Falvey Library Blog, there was a story of how the library acquired a red Solo cup that possibly belonged to Keith and they were discussing naming a wing of the library after him.
The country music community also addressed the loss of their friend and colleague.
Dolly Parton said in part on social media, “he will be missed, but his music and legacy will live on.” Luke Bryan posted a photo of himself and Toby saying, “Your songs turn every room into a good time.”
Thanks to our friends at 6ABC for thinking of us and having Andie Summers on the broadcast to talk about our friend, Toby Keith.
In the words of our good friend Toby, “Proceed to party.”