Memorial Service Held For OKC TV, Radio Icon Danny Williams
Deanne Stein, News 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- One of Oklahoma's Own is remembered Sunday. A memorial service was held for Danny Williams, an Oklahoma City radio and television icon. Williams passed away on Monday.
Family, friends and fans met at the Oklahoma History Center Sunday afternoon to pay their final respects for Williams. One of his co-workers, Fred Hendrickson said it was a fitting location because he was so such a part of Oklahoma's history.
"I love Danny Williams," said Hendrickson. "I've loved him since I was 4-years-old."
Hendrickson said he grew up watching Williams, better known as 3-D Danny, the name of his first television show in Oklahoma City beginning in 1950. It's a show John Ferguson remembers well, as he was Williams' sidekick robot.
"He was Mr. Television," said Ferguson. "Here's a gentleman that is so far advanced, it lifted me up in my career and made me better at who I was. That all happened with 3-D Danny."
Hendrickson never dreamed he would grow up and work with his idol. Williams hired him as a DJ out of high school. The two worked together for many years in radio.
"There is nobody like him," said Hendrickson. "I mean he is the King of both radio and television and anyone that's interested in going into radio and television in the future should know this. He set the standard for excellence."
In fact, Williams, was the highest rated radio personality in the market for more than 40 years.
"He did love to entertain people," said Williams' wife Maureen. "He loved it."
A trait Maureen said she accepted and admired. Despite his fame, she said he always put family first.
"I'm not used to being not around him this long," she said. "I am so privileged, so privileged to have shared life with him."
"I love you, pass it on," was how Williams signed off his broadcasts, which is appropriate according to his wife, because he truly loved his fans, Oklahoma and Oklahomans.
Williams was one of the original 15 members of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
He was 85 years old.