Back to you, Harley

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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