- The Washington Times - Friday, April 21, 2006

Henry Boggan, 71, radio personality

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Henry Boggan, host of the popular “Hello Henry” evening radio talk show on Charlotte’s WBT, died April 20 after a heart attack. He was 71.

Mr. Boggan died at Carolinas Medical Center, where he was taken after suffering the attack at his Charlotte home, the station said.

“Hello Henry” ran from 1979 until Mr. Boggan’s retirement in 1996 and mixed interviews with newsmakers and conversation among a regular group of local callers that often duplicated the rhythm of evenings on a Southern front porch.

WBT’s 50,000-watt signal meant that listeners from the Northeast to the Caribbean picked up Mr. Boggan’s broadcasts.

“I never met a man that more personified the ideas of a Southern gentleman. And I’ve never heard another radio man who was better at connecting with his listeners,” WBT general manager Rick Jackson said in a statement posted on the station’s Web site (www.wbt.com).

First-time callers to “Hello Henry” were greeted with a honk that Mr. Boggan said came from a goose named “Queen Charlotte.” Men were always addressed as “pal” and women — regardless of their age — were “young lady.”

A native of Richmond County, N.C., Mr. Boggan first took to the airwaves on WAYN in Rockingham, N.C. He later worked at WDIX in Orangeburg, S.C., and at Greensboro, N.C.’s WBIG before moving to WBT.

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