Paul Berlin

August 22, 1930June 23, 2017
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Paul Sanders Berlin, age 86, passed away June 23, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Paul Berlin is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He began his broadcasting career in 1948 at the age of seventeen, when he won a contest that gave him a summer DJ job on a Memphis radio station. In 1950 at age 19, Paul came to KNUZ in Houston. He was an immediate hit and won numerous most-popular DJ contests. Within a short time he began promoting concerts and dances featuring Rock and Roll legends like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, Paul Anka, Nat King Cole and many more. In 1974 he moved to KQUE and in 1997 to KSEV and in 2001 to KBME. He retired in 2004 and returned to KSEV in 2010 where the “Best-of-Paul” is aired every Saturday evening. Paul’s unique style and warm personality have earned him many awards. He was the first recipient of the American Women in Radio & TV Media Award as Radio Personality of the Year, Marconi Award Nominee for Major Market Personality of the Year, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, when it opened in 1995. In 2002, Paul was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Inez Elbel Berlin. He is survived by five sons, Brad Berlin and wife Patti of The Woodlands, Glenn Berlin and wife Sue of Houston, Bruce Berlin and wife Dana of The Woodlands, Donald Berlin of Austin, TX and Craig Berlin and wife Jamie of Houston; grandchildren, Evan Berlin, Elise Berlin, Ross Berlin and wife Melissa, Valerie Berlin, Denise Pennington and husband Josh, Austin Berlin and wife Cam, Paul Berlin, Carson Berlin, and Courtney Berlin; great grandchildren, Samantha Berlin, Paige Pennington, and Tate Pennington; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77002. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children by visiting It was Paul's explicit request that his Memorial Service be open to "All of Heavenly Houston." His favorite advise to his peers: "Be informative. Be entertaining. Or be quiet."


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017


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Bobbie Miller

January 1, 2018

I grew up listening to Paul berlin as teenagers, my sister and I. contest. we won a few. I remember we won a coca cola (coke) party. I'll never forget the coke truck delivering the coke in bottles. that was about 1961

Tommy Howe

September 23, 2017

I'm one who is described by friends as someone who doesn't like music, but I would rather listen to Paul Berlin's show than watch my favorite western and that's saying whole lot!

Brenda Hayden

September 17, 2017

0po-Oh my goodness, I'm just learning of dear,sweet Mr. Berlin's passing :( What a talented, wonderful man ~ a wealth of fun, facts, trivia , stories and a love for music that he shared with us all, for so many years ! We were the lucky ones ! I will never forget his tales and tunes ~ he made the airwaves of Houston SPECIAL, because HE truly was special, just one- of-a-kind. God speed, Mr Berlin ~ I suspect a special spot & a mic was waiting, just for you, at the pearly gates. Blessings & comfort to your dear family, always. Here is a picture of Paul Berlin, Scott Arthur and myself ( the only time I got to meet him in person ) at the KBME off air party 12/17/2004 ,held at The Garden's in SE Houston . I wrote them each a special thank you letter for all their work on air - and baked my Aunties cookies. I hope he knew how loved he was ! What a tremendous legacy . We will miss you .

Verna Bartlett

August 14, 2017

When God made Paul - he made one wonderful person inside and out. I grew up in Houston listening to his programs and have been following him every since. He was one great announcer. Thank you Paul for all the good listening!
You will definitely be missed. AND never forgotten.
Verna Kegans Bartlett:John H.Reagan High School Class of 1955

July 29, 2017

Please accept my sincerest condolences. May God and your fond memories give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Ms Porter

Mary Jane Johnson

July 25, 2017

I listened to you through every change on the radio dial over all of the years, and frequently with my Daddy. I loved your music choices, stories, wit and wisdom. I have the VHS tape of the evening reception for you long ago for your 50 years in radio. So many of your lines are special: "Mr Too Sweet Himself, ladies protect your coif today." Play on in heaven Paul Berlin, keep that engaging smile, and we will always miss you here in Heavenly Houston.
Mary Jane Huffstetter Johnson-native!

Michael Shiloh

July 24, 2017

It was one of the great privileges I ever had to be Paul Berlin's last newsman on KQUE, where he set broadcasting standards for professionalism behind the scenes and for entertainment over the airwaves. Man, it was fun! My deepest sympathies to Paul's children for their loss today and in the recent past. As Mr. Berlin always said to me, I say to him, "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore."

allan antich

July 24, 2017

Paul was a joy to listen to and a master storyteller. He will never be forgotten.

July 23, 2017

Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11

July 20, 2017

Please accept my warm condolences at this time. May the family find peace. Psalm 29:11