1926 ~ 2013
Salt Lake broadcast personality and executive Paul R. Droubay died Monday, Jan. 14, after a prolonged illness. He was 86. Paul was a broadcast innovator, radio station owner, television personality, prominent businessman and community supporter. Above all, he had unwavering dedication to his wife and three boys. Even as he struggled desperately with his health, he would greet them with a compliment, a smile, a strong handshake and ask how he could help them. Paul was born and spent his early years on a beautiful ranch in Erda, Utah, where he developed his lifelong love of horseback riding. He attended East High School, earned a BA from the University of Utah, and served as a flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force
. Paul began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey in Idaho, and was on the air at KLIX TV in Twin Falls. He moved on to join the "Fabulous Five" at KLUB Radio in Salt Lake, where he originated live ski reports from local resorts, and he interviewed prominent newsmakers and personalities of the day including Johnny Mathis, Liberace and President Harry Truman. Paul later became sports director for KUTV, then account executive at KWIC Radio, and did talent for TV advertisers and commentary for the Utah Stars TV broadcasts. Paul was co-owner of KSXX radio which was one of the first full-time talk stations in the country. He and his business partner operated a broadcasting school that launched careers for many. He became sole owner and manager of KDAB B101 Radio in Ogden (now KBER) . He took on a goliath challenge and won a decision at the U.S. Court of Appeals to revise FCC regulations on transmitter locations for the purpose of improving the signal to the city of license. That monumental decision changed the radio industry throughout the country. He was on the board of directors of Utah Broadcasters Association, served as president of the Twin Falls and Salt Lake Exchange Clubs, president of the Salt Lake Chamber Salt Shakers (where he was instrumental in the start-up of the Jordan River Parkway project), founder of the Ogden Chamber Spikers and member of the Knights of the Round Table. He had a commitment to the public service aspect of radio broadcasting that was uniquely strong.
Paul cherished his friends and enjoyed great times at the Salt Lake Tennis Club, Canyon Racquet Club, Ogden Racquet Club, Ogden Country Club and Rio Verde Country Club. Paul was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He married his wife, June Geer (Kappa Kappa Gamma), 63 years ago.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Mary Shields Droubay, and sisters Lucille Mower, Donna Purnel and Nola Droubay. Paul is survived by his wife, June; his three sons, Greg (Jennifer), Mike (Rosie), Don; two adoring grandchildren, Paul Droubay, Johanna Droubay (Steve Anderson); and great-granddaughter Della.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations to
. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, January 26, at 2 pm at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, in Salt Lake City. A reception will follow at Highland Cove Retirement Center, 3750 Highland Drive.