Paul J. Baker

Harrisburg, Pa., area radio and TV personality

Paul J. Baker, a Harrisburg, Pa., area radio and television personality for 30 years, died at his Hershey, Pa., home Sept. 3 after a nine-month battle with cancer. He was 62.

A native of Bloomsburg, Pa., Baker had most recently hosted a weekly program, “What’s Kookin’ with the Baker,” on WHYL-AM in Carlisle.

He also hosted the daily “Paul Baker Show” on WHP-AM in Harrisburg for eight years and was program director for WHTM-TV, formerly WTPA-TV, during the 1970s and 1980s.

Baker first tried broadcasting when he was 15 years old, building his own transmitter in the attic of his parents’ funeral home.

Before he became WHTM-TV’s program director, he hosted an afternoon cartoon hour as Cowboy Pete. He also anchored the evening news during the 1972 flood caused by Tropical Storm Agnes.

Survivors include his wife, three daughters, a son and a brother.

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