Oklahoma City radio and television icon Danny Williams has died.
Williams died from complications following a heart attack in October, daughter Shevaun Williams said.
He was 85.
“He was fabulous. Loved by everyone,” she said.
Williams was known for his on-air phrases and sayings, including “watch out for flying chairs!” which he coined after being struck by one during a broadcast for “Live Wrestling,” a professional wrestling program.
“He was just a very popular dude. He had a certain personality that clicked with Oklahomans,” said Ronnie Kaye, on-air personality at KOMA-FM 92.5. “He communicated in a special way, right down there with the people. The man just had that genius about him.”
Williams, a devout Christian since age 12, was also fond of telling callers to his morning radio show, “God bless you!” and “I love you. Pass it on.”
“I've got a heckuva track record. But it's not me, it's just luck. The Lord has blessed me, because I don't even know what I'm doing,” he told The Oklahoman in August 2008.
Williams was one of the original 15 members of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He retired in 2008 from his morning show on KOMA. Bouts of vertigo convinced him it was time to retire. “There for a while, I'd walk down the hall and fall down. And 81 is long enough,” he said in 2008.
His broadcasting career began in 1947 at a radio station in Austin, Texas. He was hired by WKY-4, an Oklahoma City television station, in 1950. That same year, “The Danny Williams Show” debuted. He played Spavinaw Spoofkin on the “Gismo Godkin Show” and was an announcer for “Live Wrestling” in his first years at the station.
In 1953, “The Adventures of 3-D Danny” debuted. Williams became known as Dan D. Dynamo for the series, which he wrote, starred in and produced. He also played character parts, including Xavier T. Willard, on the “Foreman Scotty Show” in 1960.
Starting in 1967, He hosted “Dannysday,” a daytime talk and variety program, for 17 years.
Kent Jones, program director at KOMA, first met Williams in 1992 when he came to host their morning show.
“I'm sorry to have lost a good friend. ... And he was an encourager to younger broadcasters. So many people, including me, learned a lot from Danny Williams,” Jones said.
Kaye worked with Williams for 53 years.
“He was kind of like a big brother. We were all a family. I don't think there will ever be someone who comes close to being like him. The time was unique, and he was unique.”
Shevaun Williams calls herself “proud” to be Williams' daughter.
“He gave me an incredible work ethic,” she said.
KFOR-TV reports that Williams died sometime Tuesday, however Shevaun Williams did not confirm that as late at Tuesday night. Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma History Center.