|Death: ||Jun. 1, 1993|
Beecher Smith Frank, 78 years of age, of Woodlawn Drive in Somerset, Kentucky died on Tuesday, June 1, 1993 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky, following a lengthy illness.
Beecher was a radio and television personality of the 1950s and 1960s era. He was the No# 1 rated disc jockey in Louisville, Kentucky during the early 1950s. He did a show with teen-agers from Bob Colglazier's Range House Restaurants when the Hilltoppers, Plantters, Johnny Ray and Billy Vaughn's Orchestra were atop the record charts.
He was one of the first disc jockeys to interview teen-agers on the air during a record show. Crowds of young people rushed to the restaurant where Beecher was appearing for a chance to be on the radio. Adults at home listened as he played records during the "Golden Age" of popular music. Later he became a top-rated television personality in Miami.
He came to Somerset, Kentucky in the late 1950s to assist his mother; Thelma Smith Hussing Frank, then owener and operator of Shell Oil Company. While here, he was a featured newscaster on Somerset Radio Station WTLO. His news program was sponsored by Shell.
The key to his success in broadcasting was total relaxation. Often in the middle of a newscast he would tell his listeners: "Wait a minute, I hear the teletype jingling... it could be a bulletin... I'll be right back." Then he would walk away from the microphone, check the teletype and resume the newscast. Another symbol of his relaxed approach to broadcasting was the days when he'd arrive at the station resplendent in housecoat and pajamas for his 8:00 a.m. newscast.
He was survived by his wife; Gloria Geraldine Frank and three children, Mark Frank of Indianapolis, Indiana, Susan Frank of Avila Beach, California, and Linda Frank of Hollywood, Florida; also two grandchildren, Tahvi Frank and Allegro Frank.
Gloria Geraldine Frank (1919 - 2008)*
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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