Longtime Delaware newsman Allan Loudell has died.He was 64.
Loudell, who resided in Bear, was a fixture on the local news and talk scene with stints at WILM and most recently WDEL.
Loudell was known for his in-depth interviews with local state and even international leaders in a news-talk format that bore similarities to public radio.
One of his frequent guests was U.S. Sen. and later Vice President, Joe Biden thanks in part to his foreign policy expertise. The two were known to match wits on their knowledge of issues in sometimes obscure parts of the world.
Loudell was known to call experts throughout the world on a variety of issues. Before Internet-related phone links, he was known for running up bills for WILM a lower-powered AM station with a signal that had trouble making its way to Newark at certain times.
Gov. John Carney said Loudell will be missed by many government leaders, calling the newsman one of the good guys.
Loudell had been in poor health in the past year or so and had exited his post at WDEL earlier this year during a period of staff cutbacks driven by coronavirus.
Loudell was known for his varied interests that included flags of the world’s nations that he put to work in popular trivia quizzes that were part of his show.
Loudell, who went into radio at age 13 has been on-the-air in the Wilmington market since 1987. He joined WDEL / Delmarva Broadcasting Company in September 2005.
Before his arrival in Delaware, he spent ten years on-the-air in Memphis, TN. He served as morning news anchor for the nation’s first urban (Black)-format station, WDIA. Loudell claimed he was first on-the-air with word of Elvis Presley’s death
Loudell grew-up in the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He interviewed a number of presidents, theDalai Lama; and retired South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Loudell is survived by his wife Barbara and their two children, Allison and Michael.