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Ludlow Porch

Ludlow Porch
Born Bobby Crawford Hanson
(1934-10-11)October 11, 1934
Died February 11, 2011(2011-02-11) (aged 76)

Ludlow Porch (October 11, 1934 – February 11, 2011),[1] born Bobby Crawford Hanson, was an American radio humorist popular in the southern United States. He was the author of many humor books including,"Fat White Guys Cookbook" and "Who Cares about Apathy". His stepbrother was the late Lewis Grizzard.[2]

Contents

  • Biography 1
  • Books 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Biography

In 1971, Sports Illustrated magazine was looking for five trivia experts to profile. Lewis Grizzard, Ludlow's stepbrother, had been a stringer for the magazine and told its editors about Ludlow. The magazine dispatched a writer to visit Ludlow. The writer came away convinced that Ludlow’s head was full of worthless information, and wrote about it.

The 1972 article got the attention of WSB radio, which asked the local celebrity to come on the air. Station officials at WRNG “Ring Radio” were listening, and invited Ludlow to visit for a week. Ludlow stated, “I came for a week and never left.” [3]

Ludlow worked at WRNG for a decade, before jumping to WSB when Ring Radio switched to an all-news format. Ludlow was a regular at WSB for more than a decade.

Ludlow was a radio talkshow host for over 30 years, first on WRNG now WCNN, later on WSB radio in Atlanta, and then on several stations in eight states in the Southeast. Ludlow often walked you down memory lane with a down-home sense of humor and a friendly style. He always ended his show with his famous saying, "Whatever else you do today, you find somebody to be nice to!" To show his appreciation to his regular "Wacko" listeners, Ludlow hosted an annual party for listeners to meet, greet and eat.

Bill Sanders, President of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for more than a quarter of a century, said of Ludlow Porch, "He's a true American humorist in the style of Will Rogers. Ludlow's view of the world is a little skewed from center and that difference from the ordinary guarantees peals of laughter. Ludlow lives to make people laugh...mostly at themselves."

Ludlow was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.[4]

Ludlow died on February 11, 2011 after an extended illness.

Books

  • Porch, Ludlow (1981). A View From The Porch. Atlanta, Ga.: Peachtree Publishers. p. 184.  
  • Porch, Ludlow (1983). The Cornbread Chronicles. Atlanta, Ga.: Peachtree Publishers. p. 189.  
  • Porch, Ludlow (1984). There's Nothing Neat About Seeing Your Feet : The Life & Times of a Fat American. Atlanta, Ga.: Peachtree Publishers. p. 157.  
  • Porch, Ludlow (1987). Who Cares About Apathy?. Atlanta, Ga.: Peachtree Publishers. p. 115.  
  • Porch, Ludlow (1988). Jonas Wilkerson Was a Gravy-Suckin' Pig. Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press. p. 176.  
  • Porch, Ludlow; Porch, Diane Cox (1990). The Fat White Guy's Cookbook. Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press. p. 164.  
  • Porch, Ludlow (1994). We're All in This Alone. Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press. p. 144.  
  • Porch, Ludlow (1997). You're Sittin' on Boomey! : The Best of Ludlow Porch. Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press. p. 180.  

References

  1. ^ http://blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/2011/02/10/former-ring-radiowsb-radio-host-ludlow-porch-is-ill/
  2. ^ Garvey, Jane F. (September 1, 2005). "Funny Radio: Wackos and Wise Guys: Talk Radio Ludlow Porch-Style" (PDF). Georgia Magazine. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ Davis, Mark (March 16, 2009). "WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ... LUDLOW PORCH: The laugh inside your radio;From high atop the hills, Ludlow reigns".  
  4. ^ "The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame: Ludlow Porch". Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 

External links

  • Funseeker's Radio Network
  • Ludlow Porch on Facebook
  • Ludlow Porch at Professional Speakers Bureau
  • Ludlow Porch telling "Bipedal" story on YouTube
  • [1] at WOW! Solutions speakers bureau
  • One hour of Ludlow's show broadcast on C-SPAN in 1988
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