Cecil Heftel was a former congressman from Hawaii but many in radio will remember him as a great broadcaster and a better showman. Heftel passed away Thursday, 02/04/10, he was 85.
According to his family and reports Heftel had been in failing health and passed away of natural causes.
You can read more about Heftel at KITV.com
and also at the Star-Bulletin
RBR-TVBR note: Publisher Jim Carnegie remembered competing against Heftel in Pittsburgh while PD at KQV and Heftel putting on the air – 13Q.
Heftel was a top of the line showman and demonstrated it in every way including giving away $1,000 every hour to anyone that answered their phone: ‘I listen to the New Sound of 13Q’. $1,000 doesn’t sound like a lot but remember that was $1,000 in 1974 money and it worked. We could use a Cecil Heftel today in the radio business.