A Special Brand of Humor and Love

Hundreds are on hand to remember Marty Ambrose. The former KUHF Traffic Anchor died last week from ALS, also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was eulogized in a moving ceremony at the church he was an active member of. Pat Hernandez has more.

Marty Ambrose was known as the dean of traffic reporters. He began the city’s first network traffic reporting service in 1975. With a pair of binoculars and the help of CB operators, Marty spotted traffic jams and snarls from a skyscraper near the freeways, and would relay the information to various radio stations. Family and friends gathered at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to say goodbye to Marty. This is good friend George Howe.

“I first met Marty about 8 years ago, when he narrated the ‘Night before Christmas’ in front of the Houston Symphony chorus, during one of our Christmas Pops concerts that year. Good looking man, full head of wavy, white hair, and the friendliest voice I had ever heard. But I had heard that voice before. I soon learned that I was one of thousands of Houstonians who had come to rely on his traffic reports from radio stations back in the mid 70s and 80s. He was the kind of person you laughed with, and sometimes laughed at, but always with humor and love.

Howe said we should all be thankful that Marty entered our lives, for the simple reason that he bestowed to all of us his special brand of humor and love. After the service, I gathered comments from people who worked with Marty: Lana Hughes, Joe Sayer, Susie Louks and Brent Clanton.

Brent Clanton: “He was always willing to teach and to help and to share, and it didn’t matter where you were in your career, or in your social status, he was there to lend a hand.”

Susie Louks: “We sat together for almost 16 years at Metro Traffic, but I will always remember Marty. He was one of my dearest friends.”

Joe Sayer: “I don’t know how anybody could ever replace him, ever and, I know that my life was certainly blessed by knowing him, that I’ll miss him dearly.”

Lana Hughes: “He was the sweetest, most genuinely loving man I have ever met with the most angelic smile, but I’m sure there are so many stories behind that smile that only he would ever ever share. Loved that man dearly, and he’ll always be among us, I know that’s for sure.”

Those who knew him say he will never be forgotten because of his smile. Marty’s last traffic report on KUHF was at the end of May.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF News.

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