Best AM Radio Personality - 2003
In 1950, 19-year-old Paul Berlin came to Houston and became an immediate success as a DJ. Back then, he promoted concerts and dances with the likes of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and the Platters. Today he takes the knowledge he's gained over the course of his life and applies it to his midday gig at KBME. From 10:30 a.m. till 2 p.m. weekdays, you can swing to the sounds of yesteryear -- from Sinatra to Patsy Cline to Sonny & Cher -- and brush up on your music trivia at the same time. Paul drops facts about pretty much every cut he plays, and generally adds a personal anecdote for good measure. He's also a jokester with miles of personality who has the ability to take his listeners back to a better day for radio, before all the computers took over. Berlin has been honored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and is also a nominee for the Marconi Award and the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. In October 2002, Berlin was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. After 50-some-odd years, he remains a distinctive voice on our local airwaves.