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Harvey Lee Hudson Jr.

Harvey Lee Hudson Jr. was named grand marshal of the 1998 Urbanna Oyster Festival.
Harvey Lee Hudson Jr., 88, died Sunday, November 1, 2009. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara D. Hudson. 

Born in Richmond, he was the son of the late Harvey L. Hudson Sr. and Mary Lillian Hudson. 

He is survived by his cousins, Laura Jane Dwyer of Richmond, Ruby Huffer of Harrisonburg, and Robbie Clatterbuck of Staunton; four children, Marcus P. Dickinson of Bahama, N.C., John R. Dickinson of Roanoke, William W. Dickinson of Knoxville, Tenn., and Anne Dickinson L’Orange of Windsor, Colo.; and nine grandchildren. 

Mr. Hudson graduated from the University of Richmond and was featured as the “morning personality” on WRVA in the 40s and WLEE in the 50s and 60s. He was well-known as a stage and show “Master of Ceremonies” and was a lifetime honorary member of the Azalea Festival of North Carolina. He was emcee of the Virginia Junior Miss Pageants in Roanoke and the Miss Richmond Pageant in Richmond for many years.

Hudson emceed the Urbanna Oyster Festival pageant in the old Rappanna Theater building on Virginia Street in Urbanna throughout the 1970s. For his longtime service, Hudson was honored in 1998 when he was named grand marshal of the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

Although many people knew him as a “radio, TV and stage entertainer,” he began his management career with WLEE in 1948. He was the manager of WLEE Broadcasting Corporation, which later became Nationwide Communications Corporation. He was the vice president and manager of WLEE and Channel 8 TV for Nationwide. In the late 70s, he brought Channel 35 WRLH TV to Richmond. 

Mr. Hudson was also one of the founders of TVX Corporation, which became one of the country’s largest independent TV operators in the 80s. 

A member of Epiphany Lutheran Church and a former board member of Richmond Rotary Club, Mr. Hudson was also an “Honorary Lifetime Member” of the Ashland Kiwanis Club. 

Mr. Hudson recently celebrated 70 years in radio broadcasting. In 1991, he founded and hosted a radio program on WTVR.AM and later WZEZ.FM called “Harvey Hudson’s Passing Parade.” This radio show continues to air Saturday mornings on WLEE. Most recently, he was heard and seen on numerous radio and TV commercials, and as part of the four public TV documentaries called “Memories of Richmond." 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at Epiphany Lutheran Church with interment to follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Virginia Home: Wheelchair Fund, University of Richmond George Modlin Scholarship Fund, Central Virginia’s Public Radio and TV, or Epiphany Lutheran Church on Monument and Horsepen roads.

posted 11.03.2009

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