Originally created 01/25/02

Singer's downtown business may move



Today could be James Brown's last day as a downtown business owner.

James Brown Enterprises will move from the corner of Broad Street and James Brown Boulevard to an unspecified building on Aiken's Park Avenue on Monday morning, a company employee said.

"(Today) is our last day here," said the employee, commenting on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Brown could not be reached for comment. The employee said the soul legend wants a better signal for his radio station, WAAW 94.7-FM. The station's tower is in South Carolina, and in order to broadcast from Augusta, the station has to bounce the signal off multiple transmitters.

Relocating to Aiken will give them a more direct signal, resulting in clearer reception.

"It's better for the radio station to be there so we don't have to bounce the signal so many times," she said.

Mr. Brown leases the building at 870 Broad St. from downtown businesswoman Bonnie Ruben, who also owns Ruben's Department Store and the Ramada Plaza Hotel.

Ms. Ruben said Thursday that Mr. Brown has not told her he intends to leave Broad Street.

"I have no knowledge of that, and I hope it's not true," she said.

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