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Atlanta Talker Bobby Hanson Dies at 76

February 13th, 2011

The name on his driver's license was Bobby C. Hanson, but Southern radio listeners knew him as Ludlow Porch. Hanson died Friday at the Gold City Convalescent Center in Dahlonega of complications following a series of strokes. His memorial service is 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Big Canoe Chapel, Jasper, with a reception to follow at Broyles Community Center, Jasper. Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, is in charge of arrangements.

The name Ludlow suggested a small-town fellow from a less hectic, more neighborly era. Porch bespoke the comfortable vantage point from which he bemusedly observed the passing scene. It was a name Hanson invented in letters to the editor he wrote to Atlanta newspapers before he ever thought of a job on the air. When he was offered a position hosting a talk show on Atlanta station WRNG he took Ludlow Porch as his name.

One of Porch's hallmarks was his sign-off salutation to his listeners at the end of each show: "Whatever you do today, find somebody to be nice to." Survivors also include daughter Barbara Davison of Asheville, N.C., son Philip Hanson of Marietta, stepsons Charles McGarvey of Washington and Kyle Harvey of Alpharetta, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.