Sunday, September 7, 2003


Radio broadcaster Paul Miller had a flair for stunts

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - Paul Miller, a broadcasting and marketing executive, died Aug. 31 at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash after an eight-week battle with pneumonia and related causes.

The Anderson Township resident was 77.

Mr. Miller was an afternoon disc jockey at WCKY radio in the 1950s. He often performed stunts to illustrate safety issues.

One of his sons, Nick of Anderson Township, said his father once helped push a car off a five-story building to show what a car crash was like. Another time, his father climbed a fire department ladder to the top of another five-story building and jumped to the safety net below.

"He was oriented toward promotion," said Nick Miller. "He had a sense of humor, lots of talent. He was very alert and had a curious mind."

Mr. Miller was born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio, served in the Navy, and married Delores Brown, also of Lancaster, in 1946.

They moved to Cincinnati in 1952 when Mr. Miller joined WCKY. From 1962-1972, he served as general manager of WCKY.

Mr. Miller retired from the radio industry in the early 1970s, after rising to regional vice president for the Post Newsweek Company. He went to work as a senior marketing vice president of Cleveland Savings Bank (now Key Bank) from 1976-1986.

He began a consulting business with some friends and never fully retired. He enjoyed working on inventions, wrote books and contributed to newspapers in Cincinnati and Lancaster.

His memberships included the Rotary Club and Mount Washington Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Miller's son said his father was a great father and a mentor to many others.

"He was like a second father to them - he just had this way of mentoring them that was pretty exceptional, not necessarily job-related, but he cared and he was the kind of person you could go to with a problem."

In addition to his wife and son Nick, survivors include another son, Timothy, of Washington, D.C.; a brother, former U.S. Rep. Clarence Miller of Lancaster; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services have been held.

Memorials: Mercy St. Theresa Center, 7010 Rowan Hill Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45227-3380.


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