In Memory of Personal Friend, and Talk Radio Legend, Jerry Hughes.

Written by  //  June 3, 2012  //  Family  //  15 Comments

Listen to all three hours of the Liberty RoundTable on-air Radio Memorial Tribute to Jerry Hughes here (recorded live Jun. 4th, 2012):

Hour 1:

Hour 2:

Hour 3:

Contributers include: Sam Bushman, Curt Crosby, Larry Pratt, Kay Reetz, Donnald Morse, Michael Crose, Jay Harrison, Jannett from Lakeland, Ed Shiflett, Scott Allen, Lynne Breidenbach, Charles Collins, Jim Babka, Arlene Brown, Joel Vincent, Roger Fredinburg, Wyatt Cox, and Paul Gonzalez.


Jerry Richard Hughes, 62 of Lakeland, died June 1, 2012 due to heart failure. Jerry was born May 17, 1950 in Huntsville, AL to Hugh and Mary (McCullough) Hughes, Sr. and moved to Lakeland in 1973 coming from Forest, MS. Jerry began his radio career at the age of 4 and owned Radio Station WWAB 1330AM. Jerry was best known for his nationally syndicated radio show Straight Talk which could be heard Monday through Friday 2-5pm on the Accent Radio Network. Jerry was formerly known as radio personality “Brother Love” in the 1970s on WWAB. In the mid 90s, Jerry founded the “Monday Night Group” here in Lakeland – a group of concerned citizens who discussed political topics each and every Monday for over a decade. Jerry is preceded in death by his mother, Mary. He is survived by his wife, Vicki; his son, Richard (Shannon) Hughes of Lakeland; his father, Hugh (Pam) Hughes, Sr. of Lakeland; his sister, June Crousore of Arden, NC ; his grandson, Gavin Hughes of Lakeland and his canine buddy, Panzer. Friends will be received Monday from 6-8 pm at the Lakeland Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 10am Tuesday. Burial will take place in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Plant City.



15 Comments on "In Memory of Personal Friend, and Talk Radio Legend, Jerry Hughes."

  1. Wpgs840 June 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm ·

    Thank you, Sam, for letting all of us know. Jerry was a great guy and a super talent. It was a pleasure to know him and to work with him.

    Ed Shiflett

  2. Jay Harrison June 4, 2012 at 9:05 am ·

    Sam & Curt, you guys did a wonderful Memorial Tribute to Jerry Hughes. Thanks for all you do. -Jay Harrison

  3. Keithalan June 4, 2012 at 9:56 am ·

    Jerry was a true patriot and a real nice
    guy! My father, the “late Keith Leach Sr” president of the now debunked
    PRN Peoples Radio Network, said Jerry was amazingly gifted communicator, and a
    patriot that communicated truth unlike anything he heard at that time. God
    Bless Jerry, his family and his legacy.


    Keith Leach Jr. AKA: Keith Alan

  4. guest June 6, 2012 at 8:15 am ·

    Interesting that Jerry Hughes, Bob Chapman, and Tom Cryer all died within 3 days of one another. Is it a trend?

  5. Kay Reetz June 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm ·

    I was honored not only to be a producer for Jerry Hughes but to call him my friend.  Jerry you will be missed!!!!  Sam and Curt, what a wonderful tribute to a great man.  Thank you!!!!

    Kay Reetz

  6. Paul B. Walker, Jr. June 7, 2012 at 10:22 am ·

     I never met Jerry personally, but I listened to him over the years.. and had the pleasure of carrying his show on WABV 1590. He was a great talk show host and had alot of substance to what he said. Even if it was a slow day and there weren’t many calls, he could keep it going all by himself.. that, there. is true talent.

    The few times I emailed him about something, he was a true gentleman.

    I lost a radio friend close to me 3 weeks ago, so I know how much the loss of Jerry is affecting those who knew him even more then I did.

    Paul Walker

  7. William B. Moorer Jr. June 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm ·

    I started listening to Jerry and WWAB around memorial Day 1990? when I was dial searching for stations that carried Chuck Harder. I discovered Jerry on the radio doing a live remote broadcast from a site in Lakeland Fla. where a veterans group had a replica of a Viet Cong “Tiger Cage” with veterans inside along the highway to bring attention to the POW MIA issue . I started listening and calling Jerry both on the air and off using the name “Fred from Tampa” and told many others about Jerry’s shows. My friend “Paul from Plant City” and his wife Nancy became regulars at the “Monday Night Meetings” and never missed a meeting up until Paul’s death. I got to meet Jerry at the funeral service for Paul and I also met Wayne Stynard at the Funeral as well. Jerry was having some trouble getting around even at that time but he was there and people were greeting him outside and I was able to introduce myself and finally shake Jerry’s hand. I used to send Jerry many news stories from my research of internet news sites and he somehow featured more than I ever expected on his show’s. I regret not calling more the last few years but I listened whenever I was able.
    I dont know who will ever fill Jerrys place in the fight for America’s Liberty but Jerry Hughes gave it all that he had. I will forever miss him.
    Who will now say to us at 5 o’clock those immortal words: “God Save The Republic Of The United States Of America” ?

  8. BobSoulman June 9, 2012 at 6:25 am ·

    SoulMan Here  Longtime Radio Host WMNF 88.5 FM and WHNR 1360 Winter  Haven ..   I go Back to The Brother Love Days … Jerry did know his Music.. and whenever I would travel Now in or out of Lakeland I would listern to his Talk Show .. I will really miss Him  ..   Bob   “Soulman”  

  9. 'DB DONNIE' June 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm ·

    I greatly  enjoyed the Friday 3 PM hour with Jim Babka…MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE  hour of radio in any given week, and yes, Jim it did have that ‘pregnant towards greatness’ feel to it, and yes, sometimes we just get touched better than we thought we were supposed to…REALLY  !

  10. John from Winter Haven June 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm ·

    It was an honor to be able to talk to Jerry a few times on the radio and a couple of times in person. Being able to communicate with someone with the integrity to address the issues raised instead of cutting anyone off that didn’t toe the party line was quite  uplifting.

    I stopped by the service for a few minutes but couldn’t talk to anyone without getting choked up. Apologies to Vicky and anyone else I might have ignored. 

  11. suzette August 26, 2012 at 12:38 am ·

    I must have called jerry 300 times over many years, did my political satire and poems, and was even offered a job of writing humorous pieces for his show through kay reetz, but could not do it because of health. It was an exciting part of my life to be so engaged in such an energetic and informative radio show. Jerry was fantastic and always guffawed during my attempts @ humor……so saddened and shocked to learn of his passing. I just happened to type in his name to check out his website and learned that he is now with the lord….my condolences to his family. Sue from ohio

  12. Drdewliddle September 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm ·

    It is so sad to see that this great man has passed on. Jerry was an inspiration to everyone within the sound of his booming voice. I particularly enjoyed the days when A. Brown and Wayne S. were on during the Reform Party effort.
    Thanks to everyone from those days who made Jerry’s local show so interesting and worthwhile. Steve..formerly of Plant City

  13. Doug September 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm ·

    I have truly missed Jerry Hughes. I wish that his pas programs were available.

  14. Doug October 5, 2013 at 8:42 am ·

    Does any body out there have any Jerry Hughes past programs now?

  15. BIAGIO LOBIANCO December 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm ·

    my heart fell when i was looking to listen to jerry while making dinner and read of his passing last year. i can count jerry as one of my friends and THE nicest people anyone could ever know. i am honored to be among those at the first “monday night meeting”. jerry had suggested it one day on his show and being new to central florida i dragged my sister and it was held in an office space in plant city. just 4 or 5 old timers who taught me more about liberty than all my years of schooling. look what it grew into. i left lakeland in 98 but still tell people about those meetings. i sometimes went to visit jerry at his station and his door was always open. just a great great man. its good to know he is in the arms of our LORD. my love goes out to miss vicki and his son richard.. does anyone know if the meetings still go on? maybe a reunion this coming summer? he touched many lives…LOVE YA JERRY, WE’LL SEE YOU SOON….BIAGIO

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