About Paul Eells

Paul EellsPaul Irving Eells was born on September 24th, 1935 to Norval and Shirley Eells in Iowa City, Iowa. He grew up with his siblings, Norman and Gloria, in West Branch, Iowa until he reached the age of twelve. The family then moved to Mechanicsville, Iowa, where Norval owned and operated a men's clothing goods store. After graduating from Mechanicsville High School in 1954, Paul was accepted to the University of Iowa on a baseball scholarship.

While at the University of Iowa, Paul enrolled in a communications class, and found his new calling. After graduation, he took a job at a radio station in Keokuk, Iowa where he married and had two beautiful daughters, Traci Ann and Jennifer Lynn.

Paul soon found himself in front of the camera as well as behind the mic when he took a job at WMT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After working his way up from a booth announcer, Paul started appearing on-camera, delivering the nightly sports broadcasts, and soon became WMT's Sports Director. It was at WMT where he gained his first of many "Voice Of" titles as the "Voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes."

Paul EellsIn 1967, Paul began working for WSM in Nashville, Tennessee. For eleven years, he broadcast nightly and endeared himself to the people of Nashville, perfecting his play-by-play skills as the "Voice of the Vanderbilt Commodores." While in Nashville, Paul met Vickie Crow. They married in 1974, and a year later, gave birth to his third child, a son, Brandon Paul.

A few years later, Paul was offered yet another Sports Director position, this time at KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was a difficult decision to leave Nashville, but KATV's stellar reputation made the opportunity too good to pass by.

For the next twenty-eight years, Paul served the state of Arkansas as their premier sports broadcaster, and found the "Voice Of" title of which he was most proud: "Voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks." Paul fell in love with Arkansas, and Arkansas fell in love with him.

Paul EellsDuring his career, Paul was the recipient of the Boys Club Man of the Year Award, the National MS Society Award, and multiple Associated Press Awards. He was named NSSA Sportscaster of the year an amazing thirteen times, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

On July 31, 2006 Paul was killed in a car accident while returning from Fayettville, AR where he was covering a golf tournament. He was 70 years old.

Paul had five grandchildren when he died: Alex, Cody, Peyton, Justin, and Emilie. His sixth grandchild, Lucinda Paul Eells, was born 5 months after his death.

Paul was an example of how to live life. He was humble, hard-working, gracious, and loving. Though he is no longer with us, the work of the Paul Eells Foundation will help keep his memory alive.

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