|Death: ||Jan. 15, 2011|
Royal Marshall | Boortz radio show producer dies
By Rhonda Cook, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
WSB Radio talk show host Neal Boortz said his longtime colleague Royal Marshall (above)
"had an unmatched sense of humor and a quick mind that made him a natural for radio,
and his dedication to his colleagues and friends was only exceeded by his intense
dedication to his family."
Carrie Carden, Special WSB Radio talk show host Neal Boortz said his longtime colleague
Royal Marshall (above) "had an unmatched sense of humor and a quick mind that made
him a natural for radio, and his dedication to his colleagues and friends was only
exceeded by his intense dedication to his family."
Mr. Marshall would occasionally rein in the sometimes caustic Mr. Boortz with the breezy
observation, "Man, you ain't right." He freely offered informed opinions on the
topic of the day even if they differed from the host's.
"He had my back all the time," said Mr. Boortz, whose radio show is broadcast
weekdays on AM750 and now 95.5 FM WSB. "Though ... there are many times he should
have been kicking me in the butt. The show goes on but, at this point, I don't know
Mr. Marshall, 43, died early Saturday, but the cause of death was unknown at press time.
He told his wife he wasn't feeling well and walked into a bathroom in their home and
collapsed, Mr. Boortz said. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital but could not be
"I've lost my other half," said Belinda Skelton, executive producer for the
Neal Boortz show. "It's so surreal."
Mr. Marshall worked with Mr. Boortz for 17 years. He and Ms. Skelton were interviewed for
a board operator job at WSB radio at the same time and were both hired for the one
position because the station couldn't choose between them, Ms. Skelton said.
They later joined the Boortz show.
Mr. Marshall was a father of two girls — 2-year-old Ava and 4-year-old Amira. Friends
recalled his devotion to them and his wife, Annette.
"There was the single Royal who loved to have fun. Then there was the, ‘I've met
this girl I knew in high school and we've become reaquainted and now we're getting
married,'" Mr. Boortz recalled. "All of a sudden it was a different Royal
Marshall. I've known a lot of family men. I've known a lot of people dedicated to their
wives. I've never known anyone devoted to his wife like Royal."
Mr. Boortz said everything came in a distant second to his family. Last Christmas, Mr.
Boortz and the rest of the staff for the show took a day-trip to New York, but Mr.
Marshall declined because he wanted to be with his daughters.
"When they are adults, they will barely have known their father," Mr. Boortz
said. "There's got to be a way to memorialize Royal."
Arrangements had not been announced late Saturday.
Condace Pressley, assistant program director for WSB radio, said it was too soon to
pinpoint a cause of death.
"He was a good man," she said. "I can't believe he's gone."
If he loved you, you knew it, said his pastor, the Rev. Cynthia Hale of Ray of Hope
"He showed his love for people." Rev. Hale said. "You didn't have to
But he also was a teaser.
"He always picked at people," the Rev. Hale said.
But mostly he was "faithful... As a young man at the church, he did whatever we
needed him to do. He was so supportive... He was always there for anyone who needed
him... He listened with his heart."
Royal Marshall was born in St. Louis, and he graduated from the University of Georgia in
He also hosted his own radio talk show called "The Royal Treatment" in 1996 and
it ran for several years, mostly at night.
"Royal had an unmatched sense of humor and a quick mind that made him a natural for
radio, and his dedication to his colleagues and friends was only exceeded by his intense
dedication to his family," Mr. Boortz said.
Mr. Marshall was a deacon at the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur and chair of the
national advisory board at Forever Family, a nonprofit organization that helps children
who have incarcerated parents.
Mr. Marshall also dabbled in stand-up comedy at The Punchline for a few years.
"He had an easy way with people and was very comfortable with the mic," said
Jamie Bendall, who owns The Punchline comedy club. "I thought he was a
Mr. Boortz and Ms. Skelton were still emotional, finding it hard to speak of their friend
even hours after his death.
"My heart is just completely broken," Mr. Boortz, weeping, said when he called
in to speak on a special radio show Saturday afternoon to memorialize Mr. Marshall.
Mr. Boortz said he told his wife, ‘Darn it, I loved him like a brother.'"
She replied, " ‘You loved him like a son. He was like a son to you that you never
Staff writer Rodney Ho contributed to this article.
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