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UPDATE: Former Ring Radio/WSB Radio host Ludlow Porch has died

Courtesy of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame

Courtesy of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame

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”

A fuller obituary is available here.

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.

Denny

152 comments Add your comment

Don C

February 10th, 2011
7:46 pm

I hope Luddy gets well soon. He and his family are in my prayers.

bulldog bubba

February 10th, 2011
7:57 pm

Thanks Rodney for reporting this.Most people won,t know who he is except us longtime Atlantans.He was great radio 20-25 years ago.Get well soon Ludlow.Our prayers are for a speedy recovery!

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Tony

February 11th, 2011
8:49 am

Rest up, Lud. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

DancesWithWolves

February 11th, 2011
9:26 am

There’s no such place as Montana. Get well soon, Ludlow.

ATLNative

February 11th, 2011
9:39 am

Rest in peace Ludlow!

Rickster

February 11th, 2011
9:42 am

In the words of the late Royal Marshall…. “Just d@mn.”

Ludlow… you were a classic.I hope you & Lewis are doing some catching up now.

Rickster

February 11th, 2011
9:43 am

So long, funseekers.

Tommy from Waleska

February 11th, 2011
9:44 am

Ludlow is now with his half brother Lewis Grizzard. They are all laughing in heaven. Praying for his wife Nancy Hanson and family.

Steamboat

February 11th, 2011
9:52 am

When I was a kid my Dad took me down to Colony Square to have lunch at the Trellis restaurant and watch the Ludlow Porch radio show live. One of my fondest memories. RIP Mr Porch.

Davis

February 11th, 2011
10:09 am

I concur with Rickster… “Just Damn…!” (Royal Marshall)

Neil Russell

February 11th, 2011
10:13 am

His sharp wit and friendly presentation will be missed, I sure hope someplace it’s all been recorded.
I used to love his TV shows as well as his books and everything he ever did on the radio.
Sometimes something I’ve heard on his show even years ago will tickle me and I have to stop everything I’m doing just to laugh.
As long as he’s in my head he’s always still here

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Love you Luddy

February 11th, 2011
10:16 am

Whatever else you do today, you find somebody to be nice to.

Metric Hammer

February 11th, 2011
10:28 am

Damn, I forget to get the address from Luddy to return this metric hammer set. I wanted SAE. Just Damn,
RIP LUDDY!

Paul From Milton

February 11th, 2011
10:29 am

Rest In Peace #1 Funseeker. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Long Time Atlantan

February 11th, 2011
10:29 am

He will be missed by many. Atlanta radio was never the same once he was no longer at WSB.

Lisa T

February 11th, 2011
10:29 am

My husband loved Ludlow and tried to get up to visit him every couple of years. They were both in broadcasting. Every time we go to Blue Ribbon Grill he tells me stories from those days. I think Ludlow founded or co-founded the place, although not sure he was still involved. He also has a bunch of his books.

will be missed

February 11th, 2011
10:31 am

oh my goodness , you gotta believe God is laughing hysterically now that Ludlow and Lewis are together again !

Jessica

February 11th, 2011
10:35 am

Rodney does an excellent job of keeping us informed about everything. I enjoyed Ludlow. RIP

Van Keys

February 11th, 2011
10:37 am

RIP Ludlow! You are the best and will be missed!

SEC Fact Finder

February 11th, 2011
10:38 am

We were blessed to have Ludlow with us in our Market for many many years.
The positive attitude, strong laughter, and sense of others is what made Mr. Porch the host and friend he became to us all through the radio and personal appearances.

James

February 11th, 2011
10:42 am

Godspeed Ludlow, You are Lewis are laughing at all of us now.

Nativeson

February 11th, 2011
10:42 am

I think he’s leading the flip flop parade rat now.

becca_lynn

February 11th, 2011
10:43 am

Ludlow and Lewis together again – oh what a time they are having! If memory serves, Lewis’ father and Ludlow’s mother were once married making them stepbrothers. And I thought my family was funny!

jw

February 11th, 2011
10:44 am

Wow – I always wanted to be a funseeker – LOVED his trivia shows more than anything! Heaven is a lot better place today! I wonder if we will have an 800 number so we can call – it would be nice to hear a cheerful voice instead of the hate left/right side talking vermin spewers that are out there now. Really gonna miss that – not many of those guys left, now.

You know God has problems with squirrels – mold – corns and stuff – now that Ludlow is there, he and the heavenly funseekers can get all those problems fixed. Gone but not forgotten – prayers are with the family.

Pat

February 11th, 2011
10:45 am

In a class of his own. What fun I had over the years listening to him on the radio. Just the other Saturday morning I heard one of his old ‘regulars’ on a radio show…it brought back so many memories. Yes, heaven will be an even better place as Luddy is welcomed home.

Will Jones

February 11th, 2011
10:55 am

“G-d willing and the creek don’t rise.” RIP Ludlow, you were great on WSB.

"Ham man" was my radio tag

February 11th, 2011
10:56 am

I didn’t call in very often but, when I did, Ludlow always remembered me for when he did some radio commercials for a client of mine in the late eighties. He was a joy to work with. He also was a sport enough to send me a free book when I stumped him once with a trivia question. Those of us fortunate enough to have met Ludlow will always remember him.

Tell the truth

February 11th, 2011
10:58 am

I miss so much the type of humor and easy going radio shows from the past. The loud mouthed, know it all radio types today have nothing to say to me. They never, ever speak to our better angels. Your memory lives on Luddy.

Winger

February 11th, 2011
11:00 am

Who’s going to organize the Flip Flop Parade in Tucker this year? Maybe Dave from Conyers?
As a registered “Whacko” who used to get a call around Christmas from Miss Sparky, I still have his books that I can read to enjoy Ludlow forever.

mike

February 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Damn … How am I ever going to get rid of the Squirrels in my attic now! RIP love ya

RIP

February 11th, 2011
11:06 am

Ludlow and Lewis Grizzard were great Americans. I’m sorry they are gone.

Love you Luddy

February 11th, 2011
11:06 am

I’m listening to the Ludlow Porch tribute show hosted by Denny Ainsworth this morning at:
http://funseekers.net/splashpage/

It just tears me apart when they play Ludlow’s intro music and I know he’s not there…

Love you Luddy

February 11th, 2011
11:08 am

Good morning Funseekers!

Howard

February 11th, 2011
11:09 am

Funseekers, our friend has now gone on to be with friends and family. I remember Ludlow fondly back in the days of WRNG radio and WSB. I remember his trivia shows and I would call in and try to stump him or he would always try to stump me. I am now 44, and I will miss Ludlow Porch dearly.

Love you Luddy

February 11th, 2011
11:10 am

Denny just explained that Ludlow’s theme music is from the Waylon Jennings song “Lucille.”

Harriett

February 11th, 2011
11:11 am

I am not a usual poster on this blog, Rodney, but hearing that Ludlow Porch died led me here. Back in the day, I had two friends who were his “Whackos” and always, always enjoyed the fun when he was on. One “Whacko” went by “Cleopatra of Egypt” and was hilariously looking for her lost church mice. LOL! It was that type of thing that endeared him to all, for the took the calls as if he were speaking to a sane person. That was part of the fun. Rest in peace, dear Ludlow!

RIP Ringmaster

February 11th, 2011
11:11 am

I had the pleasure of listening too and meeting Ludlow several times over the years and he was always delightful. RIP

SteveC

February 11th, 2011
11:13 am

I remember one of his radio shows when he “uncovered” a big government “cover-up”. Called some “expert” who finally admitted, after some prodding, that there really was no state of Montana — it was all a huge government hoax. Almost had this guy in tears. Then callers started calling in saying, but Ludlow, my husband and I visited Montana year before last….. Hilarious. RIP, Ludlow.

GodBlessMrPorch

February 11th, 2011
11:19 am

Ludlow was a true fixture in Atlanta radio. Listened to him on WRNG, WSB and through the funseekers network. RIP Ludlow, we will miss you. For the rest of you: Find someone to be nice to!

Dr. R

February 11th, 2011
11:19 am

Wonderful man and a great antidote to the anger and hard feelings we hear on radio today.

frans gal

February 11th, 2011
11:24 am

Ludlow was one of a kind and I loved his books. Another great American gone–Lewis and Ludlow together again–Heaven is happy place today.

Weirdos & Winos

February 11th, 2011
11:24 am

Hope they play volleyball at the memorial service!

oldfart

February 11th, 2011
11:27 am

I’ve never met a finer gentleman. The personality on the radio was not a facade like many others. Perhaps his family will take some condolence in a life so well lived.

PJ

February 11th, 2011
11:33 am

RIP Ludlow Porch – funny man, long-time dental patient of my father’s. His book, “You’re Sittin on Boomey,” made me cry with laughter. His personal note to me says, “Only very bright children have imaginary friends,” reminding me of my childhood “friend” “Prankey” and loving that Luke & Jack have “Doodob” & “Cray.”

Ted Striker

February 11th, 2011
11:36 am

What a fine gentleman. You could always tell he loved what he did.

Thank you, Rodney, for passing this along.

North always beats the south

February 11th, 2011
11:37 am

Rest in peace Ludlow!

Love you Luddy

February 11th, 2011
11:39 am

True story…
Lewis Grizzard: “Ludlow, what do you want played at your funeral?”
Ludlow: “Volleyball.”

That’s classic Ludlow.

Dirty Dawg

February 11th, 2011
11:50 am

The King of Talk Radio when it was fun…and not just an excuse to piss people off. We’ve missed you Luddy. You folks be sure to keep the kudzu away from his grave….as well as Marines on maneuvers.