Northeast radio host dies at 71

Mar­vin Bar­rish, who hos­ted a polit­ic­al show on vari­ous ra­dio shows since 2007, died last week. He was 71.

Bar­rish lived in Bell’s Corner when he star­ted the show. When he moved to the Gl­end­ale Up­town Home in Rhawn­hurst, he con­duc­ted in­ter­views from his bed­side.

In earli­er years, he op­er­ated news­stands in Cen­ter City. A shoot­ing left him para­lyzed from the waist down, and he later lost both legs to dia­betes.

In re­cent months, his health de­clined. He died on March 25. Ser­vices were private.

On his show, he in­ter­viewed can­did­ates for up­com­ing elec­tions and or­gan­izers of char­it­ies and be­ne­fits.

Over the years, he re­ceived more than 75 awards from elec­ted of­fi­cials. Among the people who honored him were Pres­id­ents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clin­ton, U.S. Sens. Ar­len Specter and Har­ris Wof­ford, U.S. Reps. Bob Bor­ski and Bob Brady, Govs. Bob Ca­sey Sr. and Tom Ridge, and May­ors Frank L. Rizzo and Ed Rendell. ••

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