His name was Bobby Hanson, but his radio followers knew him as Ludlow Porch. He picked his stage name because he thought Ludlow sounded Old South, and a porch was a good place to sit and talk. Ludlow may not be well known outside the Deep South, but in Georgia and bordering states, he was known as a gentleman and southern humorist. He was the stepbrother of southern author Lewis Grizzard. Ludlow could be funny without being cruel. At his worst, he engaged in gentle teasing. He was known for his love of jokes, trivia, nostalgia and southern cooking. Ludlow died in early 2011, but his listeners still recall how he signed off every broadcast. He would say, “Whatever else you do today, you find somebody to be nice to.”


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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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