Austin Rhodes wins Rotary journalism honor


The Augusta West Rotary Club on Thursday awarded its 2014 Louis Harris Award to Austin Rhodes, an afternoon radio talk-show host on WGAC.

The club has presented the award annually since 1979 to honor the memory of Harris, a community leader who was editor of The Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Herald in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

In accepting the award, Rhodes thanked WGAC management, his co-workers and many colleagues in attendance for their support over the past two decades.

“What talk radio does best is fill in the blanks,” Rhodes told the audience, and he said he appreciated the opportunity to do what he does in his hometown.