Beane retires from radio, not shy about controversy on his last day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/09

Beane retires from radio, not shy about controversy on his last day

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you don't hear Paul R. Beane on the radio, it's because he retired as of Friday.  In his 50 plus years of broadcasting, Beane has been a radio news director, TV news director, business owner, and most recently morning show host. 

In his capacity as a morning show host he never was never shy of controversy.  Friday was no exception as he gave his explanation as to why terrorists go on suicide missions.

"They've got no Jesus, no Christmas, no TV, no cheerleaders," said Beane.  "They can't watch the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, no Playboy Magazine, no NASCAR, they can't watch NASCAR, no football, no soccer, no golf, no tailgate parties, no pork ribs; I mean, that's reason enough to kill yourself."

At the prodding of 105.3 True Country FM Owner and General Manager Dave Walker, Beane briefly reflected on what he thinks was his most important moment in broadcasting. "The night of May 11th, 1970," said Beane.  He went on to say that it was one of his life's treasures to be "...credited by hundreds of people in Lubbock with giving the only warning for the May 11th tornado."

Beane told the story of one woman's family who had heard his tornado warning over the radio and then heard the radio station go off the air.  "She said, 'We huddled in the rain, our roof gone clinging to each other' and we prayed for you."

"I'm telling you, brother, that's pretty stout," Beane said of the woman's story.  Beane says that particular story gives him chills.  

(CLICK HERE) to listen to an audio clip of Beane on his last day at True Country.

Yes, this is the same Paul Beane who is now District 4 Councilman and he's not retiring from city hall.   He's just retiring from radio.

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