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In Memoriam: Ralph Sims (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-02-20

Duration: 00:07:16

Subjects: OBITUARIES | WJBO | Radio personalities | World War II | Veterans | Radio | Sims, Ralph, 1916-2009


  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Editor
  • Sims, Ralph Interviewee
  • Anders, Smiley Interviewee
  • Courtney, Beth Interviewee
  • Snow, Pat Interviewee
  • Engster, Jim Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host


This segment from the February 20, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s tribute to Ralph Sims, a former radio broadcaster at WJBO in Baton Rouge, public relations executive, and contributor to Louisiana Public Broadcasting, who died at age 92. In clips from previous interviews, Sims describes how he started in radio and his experience in World War II as a tail gunner for the 8th Air Force in Europe. Friends and colleagues of Sims, including Smiley Anders of the Baton Rouge Advocate, LPB President Beth Courtney, actress Pat Snow, and WRKF radio host Jim Engster, share their memories of Sims and reflect on his impact on Louisiana. Host: Charlie Whinham