Back to you, Harley

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Regardless of how chipper you feel, it's always a good idea to stay on top of your health through regular medical checkups.

One of the CSRA's most memorable voices reminded us of that recently.

Hearing Harley Drew on the radio is as familiar a part of life in Augusta as driving down Washington Road.

Most listeners to WGAC-AM (580) know that Drew has been off the air for several weeks. A guest on his morning radio show a couple of months ago was touting the importance of cardiac health screenings, and Drew literally took advice to heart by visiting a doctor a few days later.

What followed was a much-needed bypass surgery -- and quite possibly the greatest amount of time in the past 50 years that Drew has spent without a microphone in front of him.

A wonderful milestone is coming up for him later this year. July 28 marks his golden anniversary as an official licensed radio broadcaster. From his beginnings as a teenager at Waynesboro's WBRO, through the years he held court on WBBQ during its crest of national prominence, to his current post at WGAC -- Drew's rich, made-for-radio voice has helped narrate the soundtrack of Augustans' lives for generations.

On Monday he is scheduled to return to the airwaves -- like a longtime friend back for another visit. Welcome back, Harley.

It should do all our hearts good.

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jebko
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jebko 05/02/09 - 05:03 am
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I didn't know Harley was

I didn't know Harley was having trouble. I must have missed MaryLiz talking about it. Thank goodness he's coming back.

I have often wondered what it would be like for him to have his own talk show. His voice is such a pleasure to listen to. (unlike the sophmoric or soph-moronic voice of Austin Rhodes) Austin has many valid truths in his show...but geez his presentation is like some highschool kid! Anyway I'm looking forward to having Harley back.

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Paws.. 05/02/09 - 06:47 am
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"soph-moronic" may be an

"soph-moronic" may be an understatement but it's close. Austin is hardly a serious conmentator but he must have some entertainment value to keep him on the air.

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scott-hudson 05/02/09 - 07:18 am
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Harley is not just a boss to

Harley is not just a boss to me, but a dear friend. As a teenager, I listened to his delivery carefully and one day wanted to be just like him. My dream of calling myself a colleague of Harley came true and I can't wait to hear him along with Mary Liz and AB on Monday.

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HansPetersen444 05/02/09 - 07:47 am
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Good to have you back,

Good to have you back, Harley. Take care, walk a lot, talk a lot and watch those fried foods! Hans

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Riverman1 05/02/09 - 08:25 am
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Harley works entirely too

Harley works entirely too much. He needs to slow down and only do the morning show. Heck, he was running all over town all day, working other programs and fixing equipment. He is a classic Augusta voice and should take it easy and let us listen to him for many more years.

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Junket831 05/02/09 - 09:05 am
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Welcome Back Harley! You have

Welcome Back Harley! You have been missed. We need more Harley Drews, but unfortunately, he may be one of the last in our area as local radio personalities are going the way of the dinosaur. Congratulations on reaching 50 years behind the microphone. May you be able to enjoy many more years to come!

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pointstoponder 05/02/09 - 04:30 pm
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Harley, welcome back. Ashley

Harley, welcome back. Ashley Brown did a superb job in your absence, but it will be good to hear you again.

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TrulyWorried 05/02/09 - 06:29 pm
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Congratulations and the very

Congratulations and the very best of wishes for a speedy recovery. Harley Drew!
One fantastic radio personality. When God made him - He threw away the mold!
God bless you and may you have many more successful years!
"Mr. Radio"!

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/02/09 - 07:59 pm
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When did WBBQ have a crest of

When did WBBQ have a crest of "national prominence"? I know there was a time when it was the preeminent radio station in Augusta... but nationally known?? I don't think so.

Pu239
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Pu239 05/02/09 - 08:45 pm
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Buddy Carr, Bob Young, Dick
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Buddy Carr, Bob Young, Dick Shannon, Charlie Fox, and even Rainbow Johnson.......How did Harley ever keep them in Check!

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/02/09 - 09:34 pm
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Can you imagine them doing

Can you imagine them doing something like Rainbow Johnson nowadays? People would scream "racism."

Pu239
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Pu239 05/02/09 - 10:07 pm
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So true........Rainbow was
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So true........Rainbow was not very PC...I forgot to mention Buddy's young apprentice.....Mark Summers, Buddy was always entertaing.....gotta love a man that concussion charges his ex.....LOL

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Whoisthiscrook 05/02/09 - 11:49 pm
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Welcome back to Harley! Be

Welcome back to Harley! Be proud of AB, as he did an excellent job during Harley's absence.

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