Richard Louis Evans was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the president of Rotary International, and the writer, producer, and announcer of Music and the Spoken Word for forty-one years.
He received a BA and MA from the University of Utah. There, he joined Pi Kappa Alpha. He may have been best known as the announcer for the weekly Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word: he wrote, produced, and announced the radio broadcasts, including a short inspirational message. Evans' weekly broadcasts spanned from its inception in 1929 until his death in 1971.
Evans' voice was familiar to Latter-day Saints everywhere as the narrator of various Church productions, most notably the LDS film, Man's Search for Happiness. He also introduced the Salt Lake City choir's contribution to Bing Crosby's annual "Christmas Sing with Bing" radio broadcasts during the 1950s, and is heard on the 1956 Decca LP of the same name, which featured the previous year's "Christmas Sing" edition.
He was ordained an apostle on October 8, 1953 after the death of Albert E. Bowen.