Folksy talk-show host Ludlow Porch died early Friday, according to his website funseekers.net.
God is laughing today. Ludlow Porch passed from this mortal plane at 6:06 AM.
Memorial service will be held at Big Canoe Chapel next Saturday February 19, 2011 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the Broyles Community Center.
Porch, whose real name was Bobby C. Hanson, was living in Dawsonville. According to his official obituary, sent by Bearden Funeral Home, “in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 121 S. Saint Asaph St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, P. O. Box 5313, St. Mary’s, Georgia 31558.”
Porch had suffered strokes recently, according to Denny Ainsworth, his long-time producer and sidekick who took over his radio network last year.
Porch, 76, spent many years on 680/WRNG-AM Ring Radio, where Neal Boortz also got his start. He also worked for WSB-AM in the 1980ss and early 1990s. He also owned several restaurants fora time, including multiple Blue Ribbon Grills. He was also known as a trivia expert. His stepbrother, the late AJC columnist Lewis Grizzard, would often reference him in columns.
His famous exit line when ending a show: “”Whatever else you do today, you find somebody to be nice to”
He is survived by his wife Nancy and children, Barbara Davison, Philip Hanson, Charles McGarvey, and Kyle Harvey. He also had six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
You can read more about him on the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame website. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2007.
You can listen to Denny’s tribute to him live here from 9:07 a.m. to noon and it will be repeated after that.
Here’s a recent YouTube video of Porch spinning one of his stories:
Denny sent this email to friends on Tuesday night:
I regret to tell you that Ludlow’s health has worsened after suffering a second stroke Tuesday night (2/8/11).
The prognosis is not good. Say a prayer for Ludlow, Nancy, and his family.
I’ll update you whenever I get news about any changes.
Cards or letters can be sent to PO Box 643, Dawsonville, GA 30534.
Reply to this email is not necessary. I know your support is with Lud.