Lou Emm (1923-1997)
DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Lou Emm, whose relaxed style and fondness for people made him one of theMiami Valley's most popular radio personalities for more than 50 years, diedApril 27, 1997. He was 74.
In the 1960s and 1970s, when many Dayton-area organizations called onradio, TV and newspaper personalities to put some pizazz in their celebritygolf tournaments and other fund-raisers, the venerable Mr. Emm was often therewith his trademark cigar.
In October 1991, when he marked his 50th year at WHIO, he said, "I'vealways enjoyed being with the people because they are the ones who haveallowed me to have a career in radio all these years."
When he retired, Mr. Emm observed, "I think the secret to surviving in thisbusiness is to be yourself. I never was very good at doing impressions, soI've been contented to be me, and I guess it has gone over well with mylisteners."
Jim Manley, who shared a WHIO morning show microphone with Mr. Emm from1990 to 1992, said, "Lou was a kind, gentle, great man."
Larry Hansgen, WHIO's sports director, knew Mr. Emm for 16 years.
"When I came to the station I worked with Lou in the morning and I wantedto be just like him," Hansgen recalled. "He was so dedicated to his job, andso involved with his listeners. Lou was at his best when he was making publicappearances. He could charm a whole roomful of people."
Toula Stamm produced Mr. Emm's morning show from 1970 to 1977. She alsoproduced Conversation Piece.
"Lou loved broadcasting, his cigars and golf," Stamm said, noting that Mr.Emm was one of several former WHIO employees who get together for lunch atDominic's Restaurant on the last Tuesday of each month.
"Tuesday is our day to meet, and I'm sure we'll be sharing our favoritestories about Lou," she said.
DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Copyright (c) 1997, Dayton Newspapers Inc.
Published: Monday, April 28, 1997