Thursday, December 20, 2007

Old World Music with Tibor

Tibor Paul, the German-speaking host of a popular weekly radio program that featured European marches, waltzes and polkas and was a longtime fixture on KPCC-FM (89.3), died Dec. 10 at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. He was 81.

By 2000, Paul's four-hour broadcast was known as the "European Sunday Concert" and had aired for more than 25 years on KPCC.

"We always marveled at the audience response to the program. There was nothing else on the air like it, and people made an appointment to tune it in," said Larry Mantle, host of "Air Talk" on KPCC, who was the station's program director for part of Paul's tenure.

Resi Langsfeld, president of the German American League of Los Angeles County, said that the community "couldn't wait . . . to listen to his program. He played music that most of the Germans living here had grown up with. It's still being missed. He is part of our history."

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