KWKH Radio Legend Frank Page has Passed Away [UPDATE]
For decades, Frank Page woke up the Arklatex each morning on KWKH Radio. Best known as the man who introduced Elvis Presley to the world on the stage of the Louisiana Hayride, “Uncle Frank” as most of us knew him, died Wednesday night, January 9, 2013 at the age of 87. Uncanny how he passed the day after what would have been Elvis’ 78th birthday.
Frank was a highly awarded radio broadcaster, having been inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Wall of Fame in Shreveport.
However, amidst all these accolades, Frank’s proudest accomplishment was his marriage to wife Helen. He was just that kind of man. Always smiling, forever kind and always Frank.
We’ll miss you Uncle Frank. Thank you for all the incredible memories
Listen to Frank Page introduce Elvis in this 1954 original KWKH broadcast.
Story below filed on Wednesday January 9th, 2013.
KWKH has a long history as one of America's most important radio stations. Long before 1130 the Tiger hit the airwaves, KWKH served an entire region with the best music possible. Frank Page was "the man" at KWKH for many of those years. He spent 58 years in all working for KWKH. Frank is best known as the Announcer for the legendary Louisiana Hayride Show which featured up and coming music makers like Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash. Mr. Page has fallen ill and needs your thoughts and prayers as he has been admitted to a local hospital. Hospital officials say Frank is in serious condition in the ICU. If you know or love Frank, please send him well wishes.
Thoughts and prayers can be left on Frank Page's facebook fan page.
Frank, like other announcers from KWKH uttered the phrase "Elvis has left the building" to screaming audiences at the Louisiana Hayride.
Even though Mr. Page is a very private person... we thought it appropriate on the day after Elvis' birthday (Jan. 8th,) to inform you of Mr. Frank's condition and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.
Here is a photo of Frank at the Louisiana Hayride with Elvis on stage.