Augusta legend and soul-singer James Brown and WGAC radio host Harley Drew were inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony Saturday in Atlanta.
In addition to his popular music career, Brown, a 2011 Legacy inductee, purchased Augusta’s WRDW-AM radio station in the late 1960s where he had shined shoes as a boy. He also operated WJBE in Knoxville, Tenn.
Deanna Brown Thomas, his daughter, accepted the award for him. Brown was one of seven legacy inductees to receive the award posthumously.
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.
Drew’s Career Achievement award was announced along with seven other inductees for the same award. Georgia Radio Hall of Fame members voted in June to select the eight from a list of 14 candidates.
Born at Fort Gordon, Drew worked as the program director for WBBQ from 1964 to 1989. He then worked for Arrow Communications Group, owners of WZNY in Augusta, and Benchmark Communications.
In 1995, he joined Beasley Broadcast Group and anchors the morning news program on WGAC. He is a past recipient of “Augusta’s Best Radio Personality” award from Augusta Magazine.