COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The radio community in Southern Colorado is remembering a local legend.
Paul Richards of KRDO Newsradio was found dead at his west Colorado Springs home on Sunday morning.
Richards, whose real name is Paul Mundt, joined KRDO nearly four years ago; however, his impact on the airwaves began back in the 1980's.
For decades, he known as the man behind the music, working as a DJ and talk show host for various stations, before joining the KRDO Newsradio morning team in early 2013.
His co-anchor, Mike Lewis, remembers hiring him.
"The voice was so familiar, I felt like he was a friend when I met him for the first time," recalls Lewis.
"He cared a great deal about what he did. He was very big into accuracy, wanting to make sure that we got it not only first, but that we had to get it right, then we wanted to get it first. So he cared about his job, he cared about the news."
But while he developed a passion for news, Lewis says his first love would always be music.
"Paul and I would spend four hours a day at least in here together, and when you're in commercial breaks and things like that, you're talking about what's going on. I found out a lot about Paul. One of his big passions was going to concerts. I can't count the amount of concerts that many has seen over the years. He loved a good concert," said Lewis.
Paul would occasionally appear on camera interviewing small business owners and charities as part of KRDO's "Business Connection" segment.
“All of us here at KRDO are saddened by Paul’s passing” said KRDO General Manager Tim Larson. “He was always upbeat and a true professional. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children. He will be greatly missed.”
Paul also devoted a lot of time to fundraisers for local charities, as well as to his wife and their five children.
No other details about his cause of death were available Sunday.
Paul was 55 years old.