Laws was blessed with the perfect sonorous radio voice.
Known as "God" he played the role to perfection from his daily echo-chamber enhanced introduction "Hello World…..", female-only staff, (his "hand maidens"), and a studio equipped with a genuine golden microphone.
Laws hobnobbed with the rich and famous in Australia and abroad. The movers and shakers of country music at home and in the U.S. were his friends. Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell and Roger Miller.
Prime Ministers, politicians and celebrities grovelled and pleaded to be interviewed, ever mindful of the potential "Laws influence" on their popularity.
His political opinions were often diametrically opposed to mine.
The verbal warfare he inflicted upon public figures he considered inept, poorly advised, or just plain stupid, was vitriolic and relentless. He treated them with imperious contempt.
He especially railed against anything he considered a waste of taxpayers money.
"Governments don't create wealth and they never will, all they do is take, consume, redistribute, and annihilate wealth."
Laws was never about balanced reporting.
With this limitation firmly understood, I nevertheless found much humour and entertainment during the years when I was part of his audience.
I stopped listening to him on the very day it was discovered that he was amenable to changing his apparently personal viewpoints in exchange for fistsful of corporate dollars.
Prior to this event, he himself wrote in 1995;
"Most people, rightly, abhor bribery, but it is better than brute force."
Well I just happen to abhor bribery and brute force, and I am also unimpressed by dishonesty and deceitfulness.
Many people will forever condemn Laws.
He was never "God" and possessed as many character flaws as the rest of us.
I however would prefer to remember him as a man who excelled in his chosen career, was a caring friend for Dale, a man with a disability, and, to the very end, exhibited loyalty to his long-deceased friend Roger Miller by ending every single program with his song.
"Let me be a little kinder,
Let me be a little blinder,
To the faults of those about me.
Let me praise a little more."
Words which Laws and all of us should perhaps have heeded a little more in life.