Longtime Lubbock broadcaster Lewis Thomas D'Elia, known as Lew Dee, will be posthumously honored next month with a tree planting in McAlister Park.

Lew Dee passed away on October 24 after a battle with cancer.  The location of the tree and plaque honoring Lew Dee isn't happenstance.  Lew Dee worked for years with Bill McAlister at KSEL/KAMC radio and television and McAlister Park is named for Bill McAlister.

Diana D’Elia, Lew's widow and on-air partner, said, “Lew and Bill McAlister worked together for so long on the radio I thought McAlister Park would be a fitting location”.

According to the City of Lubbock, the red oak will be planted by the City of Lubbock Parks & Recreation Department, but paid for by Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Beane.  Beane serves as a Lubbock City Councilman, was a long time friend, fellow broadcaster, and former business partner of D’Elia and can be currently heard weekday mornings on KFYO with his commentary, "The Way I See It".

The tree planting ceremony will take place on December 5 at 12 Noon at McAlister Park.  McAlister Park is located at Spur 327 and Milwaukee Avenue.

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