“It’s a good day to be nice to someone.”
By: Legacy Staff
8 years ago
Don’t park your vehicle on your front lawn. Always tip your waitress. Married men, always kiss your wives goodnight.
These are just a few of the beliefs "Day-By-Day Philosopher" host Clint Formby shared in his self-described "predictably unpredictable" radio program, which he had been doing since 1955. His show became the longest-running consecutive radio broadcast in history, with more than 17,000 episodes sent over the airwaves from the small town of Hereford, Texas. The program on KPAN AM ran six days a week for nearly 55 years and Formby never missed a single broadcast.
Formby had fought in WWII and attended Texas Tech University before beginning his radio career at a salary of $47.50 a week. During his many decades in radio, he owned several radio stations, was chairman of the Texas Tech Board of Regents, and served as the president of the Associated Press Broadcasters. Formby met six presidents and dined at the White House. His wife, who died in 2003, was a former Miss Texas Tech who founded the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
Formby woke everyday at 5:00 a.m., always wore a coat and tie to work and typed his radio scripts on an old Underwood typewriter. “It’s a good day to be nice to someone,” was one of his favorite sign-offs.
His final broadcast came on June 30, 2010. Formby died of cancer at the age of 86.
You can read more about Clint Formby at the KPAN radio website.