The Passing of Alan Colmes

Posted by admin On February - 23 - 2017
 

Alan Colmes & Kreskin January 13th, 2017

The radio and cable news broadcast industry has lost a special figure and I personally have lost a remarkable, cherished broadcast friend, namely Alan Colmes.  All of us who worked with him considered him one of the warmest and kindest figures you could find in the industry.  Alan and I knew each other for some 30 years.  When I last appeared with him, which was on his radio show on January 13 of this year, we reflected on his adding to my career an unforgettable memory and learning experience.  Early in his career he had an ABC late night radio show.  He had decided on one of his vacation days to turn his show over to yours truly.  How vividly I remember sitting in front of a microphone as it went live a few minutes past midnight, knowing I had four hours and 55 minutes to fill.  That he put his trust and confidence in me was very special.  I was overwhelmed to realize that his work consumed these hours, live, night after night, through the many months that he was on the air.  He was a man of the highest integrity and had an extremely generous feel in relating to others.  Yes, in simple words, he was a very good and kind man.  He had a passionate love and care for his wife Jocelyn.  Indeed in the off microphone time when I last saw him he expressed more concern, about how his wife would handle her loss then he was about his own condition.  Talk about an unselfish human being, when we were on the air I found it overwhelming that as he had always done in the past, he carried on and intensively passionate conversation without the damnedest hint of what was hanging over him.  The listeners had no clue of that.  Half way through the show I did a mental test with him that was rather complicated, and had never been done by me on a public broadcast.    His concentration and focusing was undiminished and he picked up the mental responses that I was projecting, resulting in the exciting climax to the experiment.  He talked about this for much of the rest of the show.  Yes, I have personally lost a special communication friend, but the bond that we had is one of the richness’s of my life.

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