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Radio broadcasters from across Tennessee honored twelve persons this past Saturday night (5/14/2016) by inducting them into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. One was from Murfreesboro. That one... Bart Walker of WGNS.
This was the fifth consecutive year that this celebration was held in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.
Hall of Fame Week
Organization President Gary Beaty said that the State of Tennessee as well as the Federal Government have both proclaimed this entire week at TENNESSEE RADIO HALL OF FAME WEEK.
Hall of Fame Treasurer Skip Woolwine told NewsRadio WGNS that once again the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame was a complete sell-out. He noted that Murfreesboro City TV taped the event and will feature it throughout the coming month on the city's cable access channel. A video of the evening is also be posted on the Hall of Fame website. CLICK HERE to visit that site.
Scott Shannon Was SUPER EMCEE
The emcee for the fifth annual event was Scott Shannon (RIGHT), known as Super Shan. He has deep Tennessee roots in Memphis at WMPS and then to Nashville and WMAK.
Scott is now in the Big Apple where he continues to hold the top slot at WCBS-FM and has his own radio network. He has been in New York for quite a while, and took Z-100 to the top slot in the largest market in the U.S.
(Photo below) The 2016 inductees on stage at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.
2016 Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame Inductees
|2016 Legacy Category (Posthumous)|
|Warren Medley 1956 - 2014 WDKN, Dickson, TN (Announcer, DJ, Host)
During his 58-year part-time career, he was consistently the iconic face and name of hometown broadcasting in Dickson County, Tennessee. Mr. Medley graduated high school during the Great Depression and immediately enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps, which brought him to Dickson County for the building of Montgomery Bell State Park. When his CCC enlistment ended in 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Dickson County and began a long service with the Tennessee Department of Employment Security, working to help other people find jobs. WDKN owner Bill Potts asked Mr. Medley to host a Saturday morning program called "Saturday Sidelights" and over the years his part-time role at the station grew to include broadcasting local high school sports, events and breaking news stories. Other programs he hosted included "The Old Timers Program," "Friendly Neighbor Time" and "Know Your County". He continued to host Saturday morning programs until his retirement in January 2014ALSO:
|Aaron B. Robinson, Sr.
|Cal (H.C.) Young Jr. (Johnny Waco)
|2016 Career Inductees
When Maxine Humphreys retired from WGRV in Greeneville on June 17, 2014, she was in her 61st year of broadcasting the 12:30 p.m. news. In all of those years, Maxine had one sponsor - a local funeral home. By the time she switched off her mic for the final time, Maxine had delivered more than 17,000 newscasts - every one of them on WGRV. When Maxine took the job, the station owner, stung by other newscaster's departure after only a few weeks, asked her if he hired her, would she stay for an appreciable time. Little did he know.ALSO:In her early 20s, while her husband was overseas in WWII, she worked in the employment office of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge; she worked 27 months for Tennessee Eastman, going home to Greeneville in 1946 - the same year WGRV went on the air. Shortly before she retired, she received a certificate thanking her for helping win the war.
|Bill "Dex" Poindexter
Pretend You Were There
Many persons attempted to purchase tickets, but the gala was sold out.
For WGNS' listeners who wanted to attend but could not get tickets, here is the video introduction that played just before Scott Shannon introduced Bart.
4th WGNS' Inductee
Speaking of the Murfreesboro connection, Walker is not the only Heart of Tennessee inductee, and all of the others also have been a part of WGNS. Earlier inductees with ties to the Good Neighbor Station are Bill Barry, Carl P. Mayfield and John Young.
(L-R photo ID) WGNS' Bart Walker, his minister Rev. Dr. John Hinkle, and Lee Ann Walker.
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