Happy Retirement, Paul!

Paul Kessler, Director of Network Engineering at Relevant Radio®, concluded his decades-long career as a Broadcast Engineer on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. He served the Relevant Radio network for seventeen years; from the time it was only a few stations to now, a network of 180 stations reaching 223 million souls across the nation.

Paul Kessler
Paul Kessler

Paul will continue to serve Relevant Radio as a consultant for future projects and growth. His wealth of knowledge from decades of work in the broadcasting industry is invaluable and Relevant Radio has been blessed by his dedicated service.

Relevant Radio associates gathered to celebrate Paul at an outdoor picnic on Tuesday, remembering fond memories of his time at Relevant Radio and acknowledging the many ways he contributed to the network.

“I think we all take radio for granted; it’s always there. You get in your car, turn it on, it’s there; your kitchen radio is always working. The engineers are taken for granted because the only time they get the spotlight is when it’s not working. They never get the credit but they always get the blame in those rare moments when radio is not there for you. So on behalf of the literally millions of people, Paul, who have listened to radio stations you have worked for, we’re really sorry we ever took you for granted,” said Mike Kendall, Executive Vice President of Programming at Relevant Radio.

Paul’s broadcast engineering career brought him aboard Navy ships, to professional sports broadcasts, and eventually to seventeen years at America’s largest Catholic radio network. His professional talent in undeniable, but where he really shines is his faith and humility.

As Relevant Radio Chairman of the Board, Thomas Vorpahl, said: “The thing that I admire most about Paul is his faith. He could have chosen to work many places, but he chose to work at Relevant Radio because his heart was in the mission.”

Thank you, Paul, for your service! Here’s to many hours of fishing in retirement!

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.