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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Neal Boortz radio producer Royal Marshall dies suddenly at age 43

1/15/11, "Marshall, 43, collapsed at his home. Paramedics responded to his wife's call to 911, but were unable to revive him. 1/15/11, "Raymond Royal Marshall was a producer for the Neal Boortz radio talk show, but he was as much a radio personality as Mr. Boortz himself. Mr. Marshall would occasionally rein in the sometimes caustic Mr. Boortz with the breezy observation, “Man, you ain’t right.”
  • He freely offered informed opinions on the topic of the day even if they differed from the host’s.

He had my back all the time,” said Mr. Boortz, whose radio show is broadcast weekdays on AM750 and now 95.5 FM WSB. “Though ... there are many times he should have been kicking me in the butt. The show goes on but, at this point, I don’t know how.”

Mr. Marshall, 43, died early Saturday, but the cause of death was unknown at press time. He told his wife he wasn’t feeling well and walked into a bathroom in their home and collapsed, Mr. Boortz said. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital but could not be revived.

  • “I’ve lost my other half,” said Belinda Skelton, executive producer for the Neal Boortz show. “It’s so surreal.”

Mr. Marshall worked with Mr. Boortz for 17 years. He and Ms. Skelton were interviewed for a board operator job at WSB radio at the same time and were both hired for the one position because the station couldn’t choose between them, Ms. Skelton said.

  • They later joined the Boortz show.

Mr. Marshall was a father of two girls — 2-year-old Ava and 4-year-old Amira. Friends recalled his devotion to them and his wife, Annette....

Mr. Boortz said everything came in a distant second to his family. Last Christmas, Mr. Boortz and the rest of the staff for the show took a day-trip to New York, but Mr. Marshall declined because he wanted to be with his daughters.

“When they are adults, they will barely have known their father,” Mr. Boortz said. “There’s got to be a way to memorialize Royal.”

Arrangements had not been announced late Saturday.

Condace Pressley, assistant program director for WSB radio, said it was too soon to pinpoint a cause of death....

  • Royal Marshall was born in St. Louis, and he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992.

He also hosted his own radio talk show called “The Royal Treatment” in 1996 and it ran for several years, mostly at night.

“Royal had an unmatched sense of humor and a quick mind that made him a natural for radio, and his dedication to his colleagues and friends was only exceeded by his intense dedication to his family,” Mr. Boortz said.

Mr. Marshall was a deacon at the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur and chair of the national advisory board at Forever Family, a nonprofit organization that helps children who have incarcerated parents.

  • Mr. Marshall also dabbled in stand-up comedy at The Punchline for a few years.

“He had an easy way with people and was very comfortable with the mic,” said Jamie Bendall, who owns The Punchline comedy club. “I thought he was a natural.”

  • Mr. Boortz and Ms. Skelton were still emotional, finding it hard to speak of their friend even hours after his death.

My heart is just completely broken,” Mr. Boortz, weeping, said when he called in to speak on a special radio show Saturday afternoon to memorialize Mr. Marshall."...

  • via RedState.com

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