Bobby C. Hanson, better known as "Ludlow Porch," 76, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 11, 2011.
Born Oct. 11, 1934 in Atlanta to the late Philip and Betty Hanson, he moved to Dawson County from Roswell in 1994.
In 1971, Sports Illustrated magazine was looking for trivia experts. The magazine dispatched a writer to visit Ludlow and he came away convinced that Ludlow's head was full of worthless information, and wrote about it.
The article got the attention of WSB radio and he was asked to come on the air.
Officials at WRNG "Ring Radio" invited Ludlow to visit for a week.
Ludlow said: "I came for a week and never left."
Ludlow has been a radio talk show host for more than 30 years, having spent a decade as a "Ringmaster" at WRNG, more than a decade at WSB, where he helped transform their format into a talk radio giant, and beginning in 1994 on the Funseekers Radio Network, which still broadcasts daily.
Ludlow's listeners developed over the years into a legion of "Whackos" who became an integral element in the two-way conversational approach that Ludlow mastered.
He always ended his show with his saying: "Whatever else you do today, you find somebody to be nice to."
Ludlow lived to make people laugh, mostly at themselves, and authored books including: "Fat White Guys Cookbook" and "Who Cares About Apathy."
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served during the Korean Conflict.
His daughter, Leigh Ann Hanson, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hanson of Dawsonville; children, Barbara Davison of Asheville, N.C., Philip Hanson of Marietta, Charles McGarvey of Washington, D.C., Kyle Harvey of Alpharetta; grandchildren, Liz and Will Lewis, Michael and Jennifer Franklin, Kathryn Hanson, Helen Hanson; great-grandchildren, Hayley Franklin, Nathan Franklin; various other relatives also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Big Canoe Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Jimmy R. Allen officiating. A reception will follow in the Broyles Community Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 121 S. Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 or to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 5313, St. Mary's, GA 31558.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville is in charge of the arrangements.