Local radio icon Dick Hylton passed away last week, leaving behind memories of someone who entertained listeners and co-workers alike.

Hylton, 71, was a well-known voice on the Mobile airwaves from the ‘60s through the early ‘90s, and is best known for his time with WKRG-FM, or “G100.” He was recalled by colleagues as a man who was entertaining on and off the air and who loved the radio business.

“He was one of the finest people I ever knew in radio,” said Ron Reams, who worked with Hylton at WKRG. “He was always entertaining, always smiling and friendly, and he helped make work fun.”

Hylton was a Vietnam veteran and also worked at WABB for some time, as well as WMOB-AM. He served as host of the city’s Gridiron Club, and as the voice of the Incas Mardi Gras ball for many years.

Marcia “Marty” Martin said it was Hylton who came up with her professional name and said those who worked with him called him “Uncle Dickie.”

“He was a character, sort of the quintessential radio announcer. He loved promotions and he loved entertaining people,” Martin said.

WZEW announces changes
WZEW has stirred the pot a bit since former midday DJ/promotions director Pablo Foster resigned last month.

In a press release last week, the station announced afternoon DJ Gene Murrell has moved to take Pablo’s place on the midday shift. Tony Ploscynksi will take over Murrell’s place in the afternoon, followed by Mystic Marge from 6-10 p.m. and Catt Sirten from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Mark Dagwell was also announced as the station’s promotions director, a position he held for more than 15 years at iHeart Media and Capital Broadcasting.

Ripp v. Watkins
The blog-versus-blog lawsuit that’s been brewing in Baldwin County since February went to court Tuesday as this week’s issue was being put to bed, but it’ll be a few days before the judge makes his decision.

Paul Ripp, a blogger who publishes The Ripp Report and The Baldwin County Legal Eagle, filed suit against James Watkins, a blogger who publishes The Fairhope Times, in late February. Ripp is suing Watkins for $5,000, saying Watkins libeled him in a Jan. 31 post in which he said Ripp was disabled after suffering a head injury in an explosion while serving in the Vietnam War. Ripp says he has never suffered a head injury.

The hearing took place at the Baldwin County Court’s Fairhope satellite at 1 p.m. Tuesday before District Court Judge J. Clark Stankoski.

During the hearing the plaintiff and defense argued over whether Ripp is a public figure in Baldwin County because of his blogs and appearances at public meetings. They also discussed the definition of defamation and whether Ripp had actually suffered damages.

It also came out that when Ripp sent Watkins an email demanding the item be corrected, it was sent to the wrong address. Stankoski said he will render judgment later this week.

Reporter Eric Mann contributed to this item.