Frank Page
The man who helped launch the career of Elvis Presley through a long-running, influential radio program has died. He was 87.

Veteran radio broadcaster Frank Page died late Wednesday after suffering a severe respiratory infection while hospitalized at WK Pierremont Health Center in Shreveport.

Page retired from KWKH in 2005 after 65 years of service. He was best known for introducing Presley on the Louisiana Hayride show in 1954, but he was also credited with launching several other country music stars' careers.

They include singer-songwriter Nathan "Nat" Stuckey whose hits included "Sweet Thang" and "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line," and James "Gentleman Jim" Reeves, whose songs included "I Love You Because" and "Welcome to My World." Both men worked as announcers at KWKH with Page.

"He had a great sense of humor and was extremely kind and courteous," said longtime friend and colleague Tom Pace, who worked with Page at KWKH for nearly 25 years. "I don't think he ever uttered a harsh word to me or anyone and he always took time to mentor anyone wanting to make broadcasting a career."

Pace, now the producer and host of "The Talk of the Town" daily show on 90.7 FM, said he often thought of Page as a father figure.

Tim Brando, radio host and CBS Sports studio host and play-by-play announcer, said he grew up knowing Page as a longtime friend of his family.

"He was unlike anyone you would meet in the media," Brando said. "He was somewhat shy. My father, Hub Brando, was a peer and worked at the competing station, KCIJ, and he often joked about how humble Mr. Page was. But he had a glorious set of pipes, a strong 'voice of God' type of voice, a memorable voice."

Page's radio career began at KGHI in Little Rock, Ark., while in high school and he soon began working at KLRA there. He served in World War II and at the end of the war was on Armed Forces Radio, Berlin.

In 1947, he started at KWKH and became an announcer for the Louisiana Hayride two years later.

The Times in Shreveport (http://bit.ly/V1qfnC) reported it was through one of his radio personas, "Brother Gatemouth," that Page brought blues to a generation of middle-class youths. One of the people listening was Robert Zimmerman, of Hibbings, Minn., now known as Bob Dylan. Several Dylan biographies credit Page with influencing the musician.

"His life really resonates," Pace said. "To think that he touched so many lives from Hank Williams Sr. to George Jones to Jimmie Davis to Johnny Cash to Loretta Lynn, when country music was at its heyday. Frank would revel in telling those stories about the live performances on the Hayride."

Page was a member of the County Music DJ Hall of Fame and received the Louisiana Association of Broadcaster's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Page's survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Helen Page; a daughter, Patty Stephens, of Denver; a brother, Larry Page, of Shreveport and a grandson.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Shreveport was handling arrangements and services were pending.

CHEVEL JOHNSON,Associated Press


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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle on Jan. 11, 2013.
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Valenda Newell
November 11, 2016
To the family and many friends of Mr. Page you all have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May you rely upon the comfort of our Creator to help you through the grieving of your dear love one. Remember the happy times.
Hyde
January 2, 2014
Page family I know that you have lost a great person he came to my office selling Advertisment for a few years. He was loved and will be missed. God Bless you in your traveled roads.
Donna Lewing
January 20, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Don Williams
January 18, 2013
Thank you Mr page. For. What you do.rest in peace.
deb
January 15, 2013
SINCERE CONDOLENCE TO YOU,REMEMBER THE WORDS OF MATT.5:8 "HAPPY ARE THE PURE IN HEART,SINCE THEY WILL SEE GOD."....DM
January 15, 2013
It was a great honor to work with Frank Page; a true gentleman in every way.
Scott Johnson
January 14, 2013
I'm very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in Psalms 37:11, 29. There you will find a heart warming promise that the God of all comfort will fulfill in the near future. I hope this will help all of you to cope during ths difficult time.
danielle
January 14, 2013
Shreveport has lost not only a great voice, but a very great man. I had the honor of being friends with Frank over the years and always enjoyed his stories of his career and his many friends. I am so sorry for his loss to his family and friends.
C. J. Jones
January 14, 2013
I remember Mr Page as young man in west Texas. Saturday nite was what you waited all week for, KWKH and Mr Page. The way he spoke about everyone, you would remember what he said for days. God Bless you and your Family.
Melvin Horton
January 14, 2013
May the family members of Frank Page accept my condolences and may you look to our Heavenly Father for comfort during this time of sorrow.
January 12, 2013
THANKS FRANK FOR GIVING US MEMORIES THROUGH ELVIS. I'VE AS HAVE OTHERS, RE ALLY MISS HIM. THANK YOU.
J.R. TORRES
January 12, 2013
Sorry to hear of Frank Page's passing. I remember him from the mid 50's when I was 15 years old. All I could think about was country music, and my parents would drive the 12 hour drive from South Texas to Shreveport so I could attend the Louisiana Hayride. What a great voice Mr. Page had. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.
Lou Ann Matlock
January 12, 2013
Strong, Gentle, never tiring, and a wonderful friend to so many. May God bless Frank and his family. This is the end of an era!
Robin Hood Brians
January 12, 2013
My daddy, Barney Ghio, used to speak of Mr. Page with great fondness. Our prayers are with him and his family. May God bless and keep him.
Johnny
Johnny Ghio
January 12, 2013
krith reagan
January 12, 2013
To Mrs. Page, Family, and many, many, friends, We are very sorry to see/read about Frank's passing. My Family(living west of Abilene,Tx.) drove to Tyler,Tx. and see some of our close friends, and wound up going to the Louisianna Hay Ride in 1954 when Elvis was first preforming there. We did not plan any of this, it was just a coincidence. But I've never made it back. May GOD bless the Page Family, and many, many friends. Please remember the good times we all have had with Frank Page.
Ron Bredemeyer
January 12, 2013
Please accept my condolence for the death of your loved one. Please rely on God as he is a God of comfort.
Sheila Looney
January 12, 2013
Prayers to the family. Another Elvis Fan
Jennifer Potter
January 12, 2013
He has left the bldg...god speed
January 12, 2013
I am Sorry for your loss.
Robert Lay
January 12, 2013
My condolences to the family in your time of sorrow. God assures us that if we draw close to him he will draw close to us. May your memories bring you comfort and strength. James 4:8
G.A. Ford
January 12, 2013
WHAT WONDERFUL SHOWS WERE PRESENTED WITH THE GREATEST RADIO VOICE OF ALL TIMES. tHANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
DOC LARSON
January 12, 2013
Not long after saying this, Jesus met a funeral procession coming out of the Israelite city of Nain. The dead young man was the only child of a widow. On seeing her extreme grief, Jesus was moved with pity. So, addressing the corpse, he commanded: “Young man, I say to you, Get up!” And the man sat up, and Jesus gave him to his mother.—Luke 7:11-17.
January 12, 2013
Helen, Larry, and Pattie,
My sincere sympathy on the loss of your beloved Frank. Prayer gives comfort to those in mourning. Pslams 65:2
Dee
January 12, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.
January 12, 2013
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
January 12, 2013
Patty,
I am sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. May God be a refuge for you and your family during this distressing time. Ps. 46:1
January 12, 2013
JODA AND SANDRA WESTON SEND THEIR CONDOLENSES TO THE PAGE FAMILY.IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE KNOWN THIS GREAT MAN. SANDRA ENJOYED THE TIME SHE WORKED FOR FRANK PAGE AT KWKH DURING THE EARLY 1960'S. HE WAS A WONDERFUL BOSS AND A GREAT FRIEND.
January 11, 2013
Frank Page was a great man who has left a great legacy in the broadcasting business. Thank you Frank for the many hours of entertainment and may you find God's continued blessing in heaven. Sincerest condolences to his loving family. He will be missed and remembered.
Bobby Furgione
January 11, 2013
May the God of comfort strengthens you during this time of grief.
Marie Milord
January 11, 2013