Sunday, June 27, 2010

Paul Wilcox-1925-2010

Paul with a very young Tana Carli..Looks to be late 1960's..Courtesy Neil Zurcher's NE Ohio TV Memories Site and The Joe/Tana Carli Dimino Collection.

Paul Wilcox, posing with one of the bands on Polka Varities..Courtesy Neil Zurcher's NE Ohio TV Memories site and John Carroll University Media Archives

Paul Wilcox with Paige Palmer..Wilcox co-hosted "The Paige Palmer Show" weekday mornings on WEWS for a time in the 1960's

Paul Wilcox, the versatile WEWS-TV 5 announcer/Newsman/program host passed away last Friday, June 18, 2010 at his home in Florida at the age of 85..He was born in Sylvania, Ohio near Toledo, and prior to a heroic stint in the Korean War, (Wilcox was also in WWII) began his broadcasting career at WGAR-1220 in 1950..

He joined Channel 5 in 1954, and, like many broadcasters, did a lot of different things..He handled sports reports, sign-on news and booth announcing..

"Cleveland-Style" Polka Shows had their roots in WEWS-TV shows such as Polka Parade, Polka Hour, Polka N Fun, Polka Time and Possibly others hosted by people such as Johnny Vadnal, George Bass, Court Stanton and Danny Landau as early as 1952. Mr. Wilcox began his long run as Polka Varieties host in 1956-Hosting the show until 1983..In the 1960's Mr. Wilcox also did the Noon Weekday News and co-hosted The Paige Palmer Show..After doing some radio and promotion work, Wilcox retired to Florida in the 1990's..


WEWS Friday, May 24, 1963 Noon News with Paul Wilcox Reporting

From WEWS's YouTube Page..Polka Varieties clips..

The classic "Certain Ethnic Varieties" skit from WJW-TV 8's Hoolihan and Big Chuck. It was said that Paul had a great sense of humor about this skit and enjoyed it whenever it was aired..

Our prayers go out to the Wilcox Family at this time..

1 comment:

  1. My dad, Eddie Teener Calabrese, played banjo with Frank Yankovic off and on through 1952 until his passing in 1970, when they played a gig in FL.As a teenager, I used to go to the Sunday broadcast of Polka Varieties. I just located a photo of my dad and Paul Wilcox from 1966. Memories.