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BREAKING: 1-10-13 The Man Who Introduced Elvis: "Mr. KWKH" - Frank Page Dies at 87
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 10:35am
SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: THE "MAN WHO INTRODUCED ELVIS ON THE LA. HAYRIDE" MR. KWKH, FRANK PAGE DIES AT AGE 87 FROM PNEUMONIA 1-9-13 How ironic. Millions celebrated Elvis Presley's birthday January 8th this year (he would have been 78)...and late Wednesday night, January 9th, 2013, the man who first introduced a young Elvis to the world on the stage of the Louisiana Hayride, legendary radio icon, Frank Page died at age 87 of complications from pneumonia. 

Visitation for Page will be Monday, Jan. 14th from 4-7 p.m. at Rose Neath Funeral Home, 330 Marshall St., in Shreveport, La.  Page's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the same location, with burial to follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and Frank received the Louisiana Association of Broadcaster's Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the Louisiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame, as well as the Shreveport Walk of Stars, and so many other awards. Frank Page was a broadcaster for all seasons.

And now, Frank has left the building, along with Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Merle Kilgore, Johnny Horton, and so many other Nashville greats living in Hillbilly Heaven. Frank knew them all... they knew him, and loved him, too.

Better known to all as "Mr. KWKH", Frank Page was the man who first introduced a very young 19 year-old Elvis Presley to the world on the Louisiana Hayride, broadcast live from the Municipal Auditorium on 50,000 watt KWKH in Shreveport, La. Saturday, October 16th, 1954.

And the rest is history. There's so much more to Frank's story, much too long for this brief tribute. I had known Frank for over 30 years, and worked with him for some 25 years until his retirement from KWKH.

I loved Frank like a father. I called him Dad, and he called me Son. I guess he adopted me in a manner of speaking. Like so many others, I admired him for his very humble, and gentle ways. He would always say "...Tom's my unpaid publicist." He was too kind.

I will miss you "Father Frank." But I know right now, you're having a big time at God's Radio Station, chewing the fat with the folks from Great Empire Broadcasting: like Ole Mike Oatman, Mike Lynch, Marty Sullivan, Ray Forcier, Barney Cannon...and not forget Tillman Franks and Johnny Horton, too.

I always remember you'd always say: "I hope you live forever, but if you don't, I hope the last voice you hear will be mine." What you didn't k now, is that your voice and legacy will live on forever. Good night, and may God Bless you Frank.

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