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Longtime T-95 personality signs off the air

DJ Hank "The Mechanic" Wolenhaupt in 2001. The popular longtime radio host is taking a leave of absence from T-95 Radio, he announced Friday.
DJ Hank "The Mechanic" Wolenhaupt in 2001. The popular longtime radio host is taking a leave of absence from T-95 Radio, he announced Friday.

Hank "The Mechanic" Wolenhaupt is a name synonymous with T-95 Radio in Wichita.

The longtime host is known and beloved in Wichita for his daytime radio show on the rock station.

On Friday, he announced he would be taking an indefinite leave from the station.

Hank the Mechanic had been off the air since Dec. 22, when he suffered a stroke on his first day of vacation, he said in the announcement, broadcast live on the air. It's his third stroke in the past five years.

He was released from the hospital on Christmas but has been dealing with vocal issues since then, he said.

He said during the announcement his decision to take a leave was "a nice amicable decision." His friend Phil Thompson, longtime host at 104.5 The Fox, suggested he could still go on the air, because "people want reality on the radio."

"I said no, this is too real," Wolenhaupt said.

The popular DJ did not rule out returning to T-95 in the future — "I haven't crossed the finish line yet," he said.

He said he will try to produce a podcast while he's recovering.

"T-95 has been my life for the past almost 20 years," he said. "A lot of important things have happened to me here, ranging from marriage to ... divorce, even.

"Hopefully I'll be back someday."

In the meantime, he told the Eagle he's looking forward to a break.

"I've worked solid 30 years of my life, and it's time to relax," he said.

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