James Brown to be inducted into Georgia Radio Hall of fame

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Known as the most-sampled artist in the world, James Brown also was a radio pioneer who will soon be honored for his work in this field.

James Brown will be inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Oct. 15.  File/Staff
James Brown will be inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Oct. 15.

Brown, who owned several successful radio stations during his life, will be inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Oct. 15. His daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, will accept the award for her father.

“He wanted to be a positive image, especially for young African-Americans to say that, hey, these are the things that you can do and be successful,” said Brown Thomas, who had a 20-year broadcasting career that began at her father’s WAAW in Aiken.

Brown purchased and operated several stations, including WRDW-AM in Augusta and WJBE in Knoxville, Tenn., which has call letters, assigned by the FCC in 1968, that stand for James Brown Enterprises.

Brown gave Augusta broadcaster Minnesota Fattz a start at one of his stations, as he did Augusta businessman Robert “Flash” Gordon, whom Brown made programming director at WJBE and later his national programming director.

“He was always doing new things; he was always having new ideas about how a station could help expose more artists,” said Gordon, the former manager of James Brown Arena and longtime owner of Augusta’s two Pyramid Music stores.

Gordon spoke about his radio days with Brown in a 2008 music documentary.

“I got around the world on that DVD,” Gordon said.

Brown also owned WEBB, short for “We enjoy being black,” in Baltimore, and was co-owner with Pervis Spann of Atlanta’s WERD, which had been the first black-owned and-operated station, Brown Thomas said.

“He gave a lot of jocks, both black and white, an opportunity to work in radio for many years in different places,” she said.

Emmy-winning actor and Sirius Radio host Jay Thomas will be master of ceremonies at the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame ceremony. Candidates for the career achievement award include longtime Augusta’s WGAC personality Harley Drew.

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Jake 10/05/11 - 05:43 pm
Actually, Flash Gordon was

Actually, Flash Gordon was already an established DJ at the great WAUG during it's hey-day in the 60's. I wish they still had tapes of those programs that featured Mal your Pal, Papa Jive and, of course, Flash Gordon. It was an era of great soul music, the likes we will never see again.

multichunx 10/06/11 - 12:09 am
congratulations to james

congratulations to james brown and his extended family.as we all know he grew up poor with a god given talent,which he developed and worked for.he allways gave the credit to god,his fans,and he strived for education for our children.i cant think of a better person more deserving of this award,god bless you mr.james brown!

Cassandra Harris
Cassandra Harris 10/06/11 - 09:00 am
Congratulations to the Brown

Congratulations to the Brown family for this icon of music world wide to finally get the recognition in his home state that he has always had world over. So sad they didn't give him this honor while he was still alive.

Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 10/06/11 - 09:50 am
Thie organization was just

Thie organization was just being founded about the time The Godfather passed away. Mr. Brown's history as a radio pioneer is well documented and appreciated!

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