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Paul Eells - Voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks - Dies in Car Accident
KATV.com ^ | August 1, 2006

Posted on 08/01/2006 1:18:37 AM PDT by HAL9000

Russellville, Pope County - Channel seven news has learned late Monday night that Sports Director Paul Eells was killed in a two car accident on Interstate 40. He was returning home from Fayetteville after interviewing Coach Houston Nutt.

The accident happened at the 83 1/2 mile marker, near the Highway 7 overpass around 8 o'clock. The driver of the other vehicle, Billy J. Burton, of Dover, was also killed..

Paul has worked at KATV since 1978, and he is most beloved for his play-by-play of Razorback athletics. We are still learning more about the accident

We will have more information as it becomes available. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.



TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: collegefootball; eells; katv; pauleells; razorbacks

1 posted on 08/01/2006 1:18:39 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Paul Eells was a great sportscaster, a wonderful person and he will be missed in Arkansas.

His predecessor at KATV, Bud Campbell, also died in an auto accident many years ago.

2 posted on 08/01/2006 1:23:17 AM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

An Arkansas legend!

Rest in peace, Paul.


3 posted on 08/01/2006 1:27:39 AM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: HAL9000

Prominent Arkansas sportscaster killed in I-40 accident

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Paul Eells, sports director of Little Rock television station KATV for nearly three decades who was known as the "voice of the Razorbacks" was killed Monday evening along with another driver in a head-on collision on Interstate 40 at Russellville, state police said.

A police report said Eells' car, eastbound near the Arkansas 331 exit from I-40, crossed the median and collided in the westbound lanes with a car driven by Billie J. Burton, 40, of Dover. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene after the accident at 8:13 p.m., the report said.

Eells, 70, was returning to his home at Little Rock after participating in a golf tournament for sports figures and the media at Fayetteville.

Eells, a West Branch, Iowa, native, joined the staff at KATV in 1978, and was widely known by sports fans in Arkansas as well as reporters, editors and broadcasters across the South.

He was named Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year 11 times and was also honored with the Associated Press award for best sports play-by-play several times.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, he began his broadcast career with radio station KOKX in Keokuk, Iowa, as an announcer. He then moved to WMT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as sports director where he did play-by-play for his alma mater.

He was sports director at WSM radio and television in Nashville, Tenn., from 1967 until his move to KATV in 1978. While at WSM, he did play-by-play for Vanderbilt University in addition to covering Tennessee regional high school sports.

Eells is survived by his wife, Vickie, a son and two daughters.

A predecessor of Eells' as sportscaster at KATV, longtime television personality Bud Campbell, who was likewise widely identified with the Arkansas Razorbacks, also died in an automobile accident, in 1974.


4 posted on 08/01/2006 1:28:48 AM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

Prayers for the family


5 posted on 08/01/2006 1:34:53 AM PDT by mother22wife21 ( NO NEGOTIATIONS WITH EVIL FOOLS)
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To: HAL9000

Very sad. He will be missed.

I lived in Iowa 35 years, the last 20 in Cedar Rapids, but don't remember him from there.

I listened to him alot while following the Razorbacks.


6 posted on 08/01/2006 2:42:34 AM PDT by loboinok (Gun control is, hitting what you aim at!)
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To: HAL9000

So sorry to hear this. He was great. RIP Paul.


7 posted on 08/01/2006 3:43:42 AM PDT by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
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To: HAL9000
He must have had a heart attack. This is the wide open spaces and there is lots of room between on coming traffic.
8 posted on 08/01/2006 4:01:35 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: HAL9000

Rest in peace.


9 posted on 08/01/2006 7:31:43 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: HAL9000

I worked in the newsroom with Paul at Channel 7 back in the '80's. A truly wonderful man! My heart goes out to his family, KATV, and the woman's loved ones. A true tragedy.


10 posted on 08/01/2006 9:52:24 AM PDT by joey'smom
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To: joey'smom

"TOUCHDOWN ARKANSAS", "OH MY"----can never be replaced. He was one of a kind. Prayers to his family and the family of the other victim.


11 posted on 08/01/2006 10:06:37 AM PDT by Hogeye13
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To: Hogeye13
"TOUCHDOWN ARK-AN-SAW!!

This is a heart breaker..Unbelievable he should die like this.

He was one truly nice guy..

sw

12 posted on 08/01/2006 11:14:05 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: HAL9000

As someone who loved him when he was sportscaster at WSM and the voice of the Vanderbilt Commodores, RIP Paul ("Holy Smokes")


13 posted on 08/01/2006 11:16:09 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: HAL9000

Tis a sad day for all Razorbacks, everywhere. Prayers for both the Eells and Burton families for their loss.


14 posted on 08/01/2006 11:21:08 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (This is no time for bleeding hearts, pacifists, and appeasers to prevail in free world opinion.)
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To: HAL9000

So sad, prayers for the families involved.


15 posted on 08/01/2006 1:04:09 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: HAL9000
Damn. A friend from LR called me today and told me about the tragedy. I grew up in Little Rock and he lived across the street from us. Paul Eells was a great neighbor(when he was actually home), excellent sports journalist, and the voice of the Razorbacks.
16 posted on 08/01/2006 4:33:00 PM PDT by Dysart
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It was sad and moving to watch the KATV newscast tonight. The anchors and reporters were open weeping during the broadcast.

I found several rememberances of him on the web - here were a couple -

Andy Pearson - Remembering Paul Eells

Clay Henry - State of the Hogs: Legend Passes

Dan Miller - PAUL EELLS, R.I.P.

It's been a sad summer for Arkansas, losing Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller and the Voice of the Razorbacks, Paul Eells.

17 posted on 08/01/2006 5:04:59 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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Thanks for the tribute links; I had no idea he worked with Sajak in Ten. I'll be visiting family there in the next few weeks, and will miss his friendly presence. One of the charms of LR is how familiar people and places endure.
18 posted on 08/01/2006 5:52:56 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart; HAL9000

Here is a link to a forum with hundreds of tributes to Paul. He was loved by close friends and complete strangers. He has spent many hours in my living room and yet I have never met him. Truly a sad day in Arkansas and in many other places.

http://www.hogville.net/yabbse/index.php/board,58.0.html


19 posted on 08/02/2006 7:54:06 AM PDT by Hogeye13
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To: Hogeye13

Thank you much. I'll definitely check it out this evening. Looks like a nice fan site as well- don't get a great deal of Razorback news here.


20 posted on 08/02/2006 10:53:51 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

That is the best fan forum for Hog information. Several news people post regularly on it. It also has a link to Press Row, a morning radio show 7 to 9 central time with Mike Irwin and Grant Hall. Good show with lots of information. The whole Hogville site is free but you must register in order to view the recruiting forum. It is really good and lots of information is posted there. By the way, where is here at? I am in NW Ark.


21 posted on 08/02/2006 11:02:11 AM PDT by Hogeye13
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To: Hogeye13

No problem...I'm accustomed to registering- I'm in Arlington, TX


22 posted on 08/02/2006 11:08:28 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

That is not far away. You will like the Hogville site.


23 posted on 08/02/2006 12:20:28 PM PDT by Hogeye13
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