Longtime Richmond Broadcast Personality Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Over nearly 70 years, the baritone-to-bass radio voice of Harvey Lee Hudson Jr. woke Virginians up. It entertained them in their cars, sold them Cadillacs, talked to them from his home on Christmas morning while they opened gifts and, most recently, reminisced about the way things used to be on a show called “Harvey Hudson’s Passing Parade.”

Mr. Hudson, who went from a boy entranced by a crystal radio set built by his father to the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame, died Sunday in a Richmond hospital. He was 88.


“It’s a huge loss,” said Tim Timberlake, who as master of ceremonies Sunday night dedicated a Richmond Pops Band concert to Mr. Hudson’s memory.

“He was one of those larger-than-life personalities that loved what he did so much that it was contagious.” He could charm a crowd on the radio, at a cocktail party or as the emcee for an event. More…