|Born||July 11, 1936(age 85)|
|Occupation||American radio personality|
Paul Richard Purtan (born July 11, 1936) is an American radio personality. His last radio job was as the morning radio show host on Oldies 104.3 serving the Detroit, Michigan, radio market. Purtan was also a disc jockey at WKNR-AM, WXYZ-AM, CKLW-AM, WCZY-FM which became WKQI-FM in 1989 and WOMC from 1996 until his retirement in 2010. Previous to coming to Detroit at WKNR "Keener 13" in 1965, Purtan worked at WOLF-AM in Syracuse, NY and WSAI in Cincinnati; he began his radio career in his hometown of Buffalo, NY at WWOL under the station-mandated name "Guy King" and also worked for a very short time at WBAL in Baltimore (only to be forced to leave the station after his witty, sardonic humor clashed with the station's conservative ownership).
Purtan is well known for his philanthropic work. Each year, Purtan and his "Purtan's People" crew host a radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's "Bed and Bread" program. Through Purtan's efforts, over $30 million have been donated to the Bed and Bread program. The money has also been used to purchase additional Bed and Bread trucks which make daily deliveries of food to needy people in the Detroit area.
While in Cincinnati, Purtan gathered together $12,500 and promoted and emceed the Beatles in concert.
On the morning of February 13, 2010, Purtan announced his retirement effective March 26, 2010.
He and his late wife, Gail, resided in West Bloomfield. As of 2014, he and one of his six daughters, Jackie, continue to keep up with his audience through his blog every weekday and Facebook. He also started producing a weekly podcast, which can run anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour and have had on various "Purtan People." His daughter Joanne was a newscaster on local WXYZ-TV Channel 7.
After losing his wife, Gail, of 60 years to cancer in 2018, Purtan remarried on June 13, 2020.
- In 2004, Purtan was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
- Purtan was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division in 2006.
- WKNR-AM (1965–67)
- WBAL (1967-68)
- WXYZ-AM (1968–78)
- CKLW-AM (1978–83)
- WCZY/WKQI (1983–96)
- WOMC (1996–2010)
- Warley, S. (2005). Serving Their Communities: 50 Years of the New York State Broadcasters Association. New York State Broadcasters Association. p. 149. ISBN 9780977611706. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
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- "Today's Updates". DickPurtan.com. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
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- "Radio Hall of Fame - Dick Purtan, News Talk". Radiohof.org. Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
- "Past award recipients". National Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved 2020-03-17.