Whenever someone walks past Frank Malloy, he always flashes that wide smile. If you ask Frank, How are you? You can expect the standard reply, Fine, thank you. That is how I first remember Frank in the hallways at WMAZ radio and television.
At the time, radio and television were both owned by Multimedia, so it wasnt unusual for employees of the two entities to work on similar projects. Most of you know Frank Malloy is a veteran news anchor at WMAZ television. He joined that organization in 1982.
I first got to know Frank in May 1989, while working for WMAZ radio when Frank was lead sports anchor for the TV division. Because he was heavily involved in local coverage, he also had sports-related radio duties.
It was pretty obvious to me that Biff (a nickname Frank was given by zany radio morning man Bill Elder) was an affable, down to earth sort and as honest as the day is long. In fact, he is so trustworthy I think of him as being the guy I would want to guard the money in any civic club organization.
For nearly a month now, Frank, his wife, Marilyn, and children, especially Nick, have been on the minds and in the prayers of a lot of friends, acquaintances and people who feel they know the Malloy family.
Also, during the past several weeks, many of us have had the opportunity to follow Marilyn Malloys Facebook page. Marilyn has been diligent is updating the status of her critically injured son, Nick. The 23-year old country singer was injured in a single-car accident in the early morning hours of March 28.
Thanks to Marilyns determination, we have been able to monitor the daily signs of Nicks steady progress and share in his improvements and rejoice with their family.
Following Nicks initial admission to the hospital, surgeries, removal from the ventilator, leaving intensive care and now the latest transfer to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, there has been a great deal of celebration.
The last time I got a chance to catch-up with Frank was the week before Nicks accident. Several of us models shared a dressing/waiting room prior to the recent Cherry Blossom Festival Fashion Show. We spent several hours talking, laughing and sharing broadcast war stories with one another.
Frank had the pleasure of sporting a seersucker suit, with a pink shirt and his famous pink socks that were all handpicked by the shows coordinator, Mark Ballard.
While chatting with Frank that day at the annual smile and style, I remember thinking of how much time he has devoted to our region. Much of his community participation is by virtue of proximity to news events and he has been an involved father in the lives of his children.
After I heard the news about Nicks accident I thought back to the exchange I had with Frank. I knew our community would reach out to Frank and Marilyn, and it is easy to understand why. People find it natural to pray for Nicks healing and wish the best for his family. Thats because the Malloys have invested so much of their lives into this community.
Despite Franks popularity and the household brand of his name, I can say with certainty his inhibited style is not one that seeks the limelight. He would be just as happy if I were writing about someone else and will blush knowing that I am devoting this column to the well-being and restoration of his son.
Those of us fortunate enough to have enjoyed Nicks talents through his singing and performing in and around town are anxious to see him get back to the stage where he belongs.
Today we pray for this young mans recovery and I look forward to the day when I get to ask Frank how he is doing. I will be good to hear him respond, Fine, thank you.
Kenny Burgamy serves as a marketing consultant and is co-host of the Kenny B. Charles E., TV, radio and Internet program.