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I came to Lima in the summer of 2008.

I remember one of the first people to pop in the news room and greet me, welcoming me to Lima. It was Tom Francis.


I guess I didn’t realize it until a few weeks later on how big Tom, or “Big T”, really was, when it came to radio history throughout Ohio.


If you would mention his name, everyone knew who you were talking about.


He was so well received, so respected, so kind.


Tom would always compliment me on the job I was doing, especially if he had heard a basketball or football game that I did on the radio.


We would talk about Buckeye football, and he would share old radio stories.

When I asked about things, he was always helpful in making sure I had the right information.


It was a true blessing to have known and interacted with him, even though it was for a short time.


My life is better for it.


God Bless Tom Francis and his family!