2009 Legacy Inductee

Chuck McClure

Chuck McClure was born in1923 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he retired as a lieutenant colonel with the Air Force Reserves. He flew 49 combat missions during World War II as a pilot and was awarded the Flying Cross and the U.S. Air Force Air Medal with Cluster. McClure earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Georgia. He went to Columbus in 1953 to purchase WGBA-AM (GBA stood for "Georgia Bordering Alabama"). Over the next four decades, McClure Broadcasting and Cherokee Broadcasting owned and operated station in Columbus, Canton, Ellijay, and Athens. McClure was a “hands on” owner operator and was well known in Columbus for his conservative “Emphasis” commentaries which aired on WRCG. He also insisted that the station carry the Metropolitan Opera live on Saturday afternoons, regardless of what might also be on at that hour, including UGA football or the Atlanta Braves. The games would be aired on tape delay much to the dismay of many fans. Mr. McClure and his wife Dorothy were instrumental in the campaign to save the historic Springer Opera House in Columbus.

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