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Radio Personality Frank Pastore Dies From Motorcycle Injuries

Remembering Frank Pastore

Remembering Frank Pastore

UPDATED AT 6:43 p.m.:

If you have a special memory of Frank Pastore, please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this article. 

Note: Los Cerritos Community Newspaper sends our Prayers to the Pastore Family and to everyone at KKLA 99.5 during this difficult time. 

By Brian Hews

Long time popular radio personality Frank Pastore passed away on Monday afternoon after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident.

99.5 KKLA confirmed the death of Pastore on it’s website:

“As many of you are aware, Frank Pastore was in a motorcycle accident Monday night, 11/19.  Gina Pastore informed us that in the early afternoon of Monday, December 17, Frank passed away. We will update you with any additional information as soon as it is available.

Please continue to pray for Gina and the family. Blessings to you, KKLA Management. At Frank’s wife Gina’s request, here is the remarkable, prophetic sound byte of when Frank speaks about what will happen to him three hours later! Click here for soundbyte. (1:14)

(The clip has Frank stating:  “You guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? So at any moment … I could be spread all over the 210,” Pastore said. “But that’s not me. That’s my body parts.”)

Pastore was born August 21, 1957 in Alhambra, California and died in Upland, California.

He was a radio personality and retired Major League baseball player who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 until 1985 and for theMinnesota Twins in 1986.

Pastore was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1975 amateur draft.  He made his major league debut on April 4, 1979, at Riverfront Stadium, pitching three scoreless innings in a loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Though primarily a reliever during his rookie season, he moved to the starting rotation in 1980.

Logo of the Reds during the "Big Red Mach...

Logo of the Reds during the “Big Red Machine” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pastore’s best statistical season came in 1980 with the Reds, as he posted a record of 13 – 7 with an ERA of 3.27 in 27 appearances. In 1986 he signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins and spent one season there, his last in the major leagues. He signed with the Texas Rangers in the 1987 off-season and spent one season with their AA affiliate theOklahoma City 89ers before retiring.

After baseball Pastore began a long schooling, earning degrees in business administration, philosophy of religion and ethics, political philosophy, and American government from various universities with graduate degrees in both theology and political science.  His book with Tyndale House and Focus on the Family is titled “Shattered: Struck Down, But Not Destroyed.”

On 5 January 2004 Pastore became the host of The Frank Pastore Show on KKLA 99.5 FM in Los Angeles. Pastore’s show became the largest Christian talk show in the United States.


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  • Denise says:

    Frank will be missed for his straight forward approach to spiritual freedom, no holds bar-franks place in the kingdom was very much planned and delivered.how awesome to know your eternity destiney

  • Sharon Leonard says:

    My Prayers go out to the Pastore Family ..and now Frank will be Pitching for the Lord ,,,

  • Sandy Baumann says:

    So many good memories of Frank. He was my son’s pitching coach for a few years when my son was nine, held in his backyard in Upland. Great family man,with a wonderful wife and children. He made our kids feel special.too. From a Mom who still smiles when she recalls how Frank described my son as ‘The Babe, with a natural slider!’

  • Michael Yuen says:

    Well done good and faithful servant.

  • Ron Smith says:

    My most heartfelt condolences to Frank’s entire family. I listened to Frank while performing my work as a locksmith. My friend Joe advised me to listen to Frank after I, as a prodigal son, returned home to the Lord’s open and loving arms just a few years ago. Frank blessed me so much with the quality of his walk with the Lord, his character, and the many interesting and profound people he interviewed.
    I am confident that we shall see our brother along with our man loved ones and the great prophets of old when we are with our Lord!

    May the Lord richly bless and keep Gina and the rest of the family.

    Thank you for the blessings Frank!

    Ron Smith
    LAPD retired