Evan Hughes, airwave extraordinaire dies at 96

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 6:01pm

Evan H. Hughes

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2010, in the Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers for Evan H. Hughes 96, who died at 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

Pastor Fred Fraser of first Methodist church of Lafayette will officiate.

Internment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial; Mr. Hughes was born oct. 25, 1913 in Wales, England.

Evan Hughes was a transplanted New Yorker who loved Lafayette and became a fixture in the radio broadcast business for almost half a century.

He started his future broadcast career, as a trainee for the NBC radio network in New York. He came to Lafayette in 1948 with KVOL radio where he worked until 1953 to take a job with a new TV station in Jackson, Miss. He then returned to Lafayette to continue as manager of KVOL where he was involved in all aspects of the broadcast business until 1985. This included his reading of the 12 noon news where he would say, "good afternoon, this is Evan Hughes with the news!"

Evan Hughes was the "dean of the broadcasters". Anybody and everybody in radio that came through the area was influenced by Mr. Hughes as he touched everybody in the broadcast business. He was deeply committed to radio and devoted almost all of his time to the industry. Hughes was a stickler for detail and a no-nonsense attitude but always with his sharp wit and dry humor. A private man who was an excellent dancer and loved to dance with his wife Betty . He was a longtime golfing member of Oakbourne Country Club and member of the Louisiana Association of Boadcasters.