The man who introduced a then-unknown Elvis Presley to worldwide audiences through the “Louisiana Hayride” — the state’s version of the Grand Ole Opry — has died.

Veteran radio broadcaster Frank Page died late Wednesday after succumbing to a severe respiratory infection while hospitalized at WK Pierremont Health Center in Shreveport. He was 87.

Longtime friend and colleague Tom Pace said funeral services are pending. Rose-Neath Funeral Home is handling Page’s arrangements.

Page retired from Shreveport’s KWKH-AM in 2005 after 65 years of service. He is best known as the person who introduced Presley to the world on the stage of the “Louisiana Hayride.”

Page was the “quintessential gentleman and professional, who loved being on the radio and doing what he did,” Pace said.