Flamenco guitarist William “Paco” Strickland passed away Monday afternoon after battling multiple myeloma – a form of blood cancer – for years. 

In the early 90s, Strickland launched what became a nationally-syndicated flamenco guitar show called “Flamenco Café” on WHQR.  The station carried his show for more than 15 years. 

He also continued to play flamenco music in venues around the area.  Exactly four years ago today, he performed on the program Soup to Nuts Live in the WHQR Gallery.  And he talked with WHQR’s George Scheibner about his struggle with cancer.