Thursday, June 16, 2016

R.I.P. Former Columbus GA Radio Personality Val McGuiness

Patrick McGuiness
Columbus radio personality Patrick Valére McGinness — known simply as Val — died of natural cuases Wednesday morning at his north Columbus apartment.

He was 67. according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Columbus radio executive Jimbo Martin, who owns PMB Broadcasting, said McGinness had a great voice.

“It was such a deep voice, but he could get wild and crazy, now,” he said.

Like the time he did a radio broadcast in the nude.

“Yeah, that time,” Martin said.

A South Carolina native, McGinness worked in radio and television markets in Columbus, the Carolinas, Milwaukee, Nashville, Montgomery, Ala., and Macon, Ga.

His first Columbus stint came in the 1960s.

Though he worked as a DJ, McGinness was known for his commercial and voice-over work done in Columbus and across the country.

“Val could have made millions with his voice doing national spots if he had found the right place,” O’Brien said. “A lot of times, he just didn’t know who to talk to. His voice was so rich and had great depth. He is old-school, from back in the day when you had to have a voice to be in radio.”

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