Allan Prell was born in 1937, and died on December 10, 2016.
He was a former WBAL talk show host.
Prell was ranked among “the Heavy Hundred” (top) talk radio hosts from 1999 to 2001 by Talkers Magazine.
Recorded by Talkers Magazine in the February issue of 1999-2000-2001, Prell earned a dedicated audience for his outspoken liberal views and sarcastic debates with callers who disagreed with him.
Prell’s caustic one-liners and humorous hang ups were considered daring at the time, but are now commonly replicated by more conservative talk show personalities like Mark Levin.
He was a two-time winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism, as well as numerous awards from the Associated Press.
In Reno, Prell published the muckraking weekly paper, “The Citizen”.
Prell was arrested and briefly jailed for trespassing to photograph the infamous local brothel, The Mustang Bridge Ranch.
Allan Prell was fired from Reno’s KOLO after reporting about corruption in local law enforcement.
He received his next radio job (1966) in Los Angeles at KLAC based on the personal recommendation of Joe Pyne, after Pyne interviewed Prell about his Reno exploits.
Among the stations Prell hosted call-in programs on included: WTOP Washington; WLMD (now WILC) Laurel, MD; WRNG Atlanta; KIRO Seattle; and WBAL Baltimore (where he worked for 17 years).
He also hosted The Movie Show On Radio, a weekly syndicated program heard in 80 markets.
He then left radio broadcasting in 2005.
Prell’s character was the inspiration for the call-in parody series, The Papa Prell Show, which aired on college radio stations from 1983 to 1994.
Allan Prell passed away at 79 years old.