Chronicle: Frank Page

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of longtime KWKH-AM/Shreveport, LA personality and Country Radio Hall-of-Famer Frank Page, who passed away yesterday (1/9). He was 87. Page's career spanned 65 years, beginning in 1941 at KGHI/Little Rock. He went on to serve in World War II with Armed Forces Radio and was on the air in Berlin as the war ended. After joining KWKH in 1947, he helped launch the career of Jim Reeves by hiring him as a station announcer in 1950, and went on to introduce a 19-year-old Elvis Presley to his first national audience via the Louisiana Hayride in 1954. Page authored a book on his experiences with Presley; Elvis: The Hayride Years '54-'56 was published in 2004. Page also hosted a late-night R&B show under the pseudonym Brother Gatemouth, whom Bob Dylan has cited as an early influence. Page retired from KWKH in 2006 after 59 years. "Radio has lost a great man, a wonderful friend and a fabulous teacher," says Townsquare/Shreveport GM Lisa Janes. "He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him." See Page talk about Presley here; get additional info here. Services are pending.