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Dave Hultsman

Engineer, Broadcaster, Gentleman, Friend, and
"The Mouth from the South"

David Hultsman
April 21, 1943
August 27, 2015

8/28/15 - We are heartbroken to have to report the death of Dave Hultsman at the age of 72. He had suffered the past two years as tonsilitis flared into oral cancer. Despite chemo, radiation, and other treatment, it returned and took our friend. He is sleeping now, out of pain, which is a comfort.

Those who knew Dave knew they had someone they could count on at any time, for anything. He had worked at some legendary stations and manufacturers, and never shied away from sharing his knowledge and experience. 

A veteran of 51 straight NAB Spring Conventions, he has been most recognized and remembered for his four decades of work with Collins - Rockwell-Collins - and Continental Electronics.

Often, when I had a question about Continental products or something that happened in the industry, I would find myself picking up the phone and calling Dave. He might be home, on the road, at a show, or driving en route somewhere. But he'd always welcome the call and we would have a great chat. Sadly, that is now just a memory.

Dave started in radio during High School in Irving, TX. He was hired at WRR, the city-owned station in Dallas. He went on to stints with McLendon broadcasting (KLIF - KNUS-FM), and KRLD AM & FM in Dallas before moving to Birminham, AL in 1973 as Technical Director for Mooney Broadcasting (WERC and other stations in the South). It was in 1977 he slipped from operations to a sales position, at Collins.  Traveling in the South (and eventually the Eastern territory for Continental), he was happy to be known as "The Mouth of the South" ... ever ready to talk tech, radio, or life in general.  Dave had "retired" from Continental in late February of 2015, but kept his finger in broadcasting, even as family and health matters took the majority of his time and attention.

Wherever Continental products were found, Dave was not far behind.


Dave and Karen Hultsman raised two daughters Lisa and Charla, and a son, Daren.

Of course, Dave enjoyed being a grandpa (R) too.

You may wish to come back to this space later for any addition information received, including several more celebrations of Paul's life.

And here are some personal recollections by his friends.

Many thanks to Greg Perdue for the pictures above.
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