Memories of Mesa – A Daughter’s Reflection

Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

KincaidThe Pine City community and radio family lost a legend this month.  Cheryl Hoeft, also known by her radio name Mesa Kincaid, passed away on September 6 at her home in Pine City.  She was 52.

Hoeft worked at various radio stations across the state including WCCO, KQRS and KS95.  She also was instrumental in bringing businesses to Pine City, including Hollywood Pyrotechnics and Organic Technologies Inc.

Her daughter Courtney Gryniewski reflects on her mother’s career, life at home and legacy:

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  1. John Fineberg 09/18/09 at 3:56pm

    Cheryl Holm (a.k.a. Mesa Kincaid) was the only person I knew who could make going to the gas station — or to the dental convention — a hysterical experience. What a unique presence. She will definitely be missed.

  2. Nate Johnson 09/18/09 at 10:09pm

    Mesa left me in complete and utter stitches at times with her pure — and sometimes brutal — honesty about the goings on in the community!

    She had the gift of excellent interpersonal communications and I spent a lot of time chatting with her about city affairs. She used humor to get through some of the “tougher” stuff we had to talk about and she was a master at building people up, being constructive and encouraging. I’ll definitely miss her.

    Thanks, Red Rock, for the nice tribute piece!

  3. Brian Tolzmann 12/21/09 at 3:39pm

    I had the great pleasure of working in radio with Mesa in the 1970s in the Twin Cities.

    In May of 1980, Mesa and I were on-air co-hosts for the KTCA Television auction. She was determined to crack me up while I was on the air, and she succeeded by tugging on my pantleg while she sat on the floor, just out of camera range. What a GREAT time that was! But we made TONS of money for Twin Cities Public Television that night.

    I always loved discussing the latest musical trends with her, and she’d comment on my latest compositions.

    Mesa was one of a kind. EVERYBODY will miss her.

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