2010 Legacy Inductee

Sylvia Clark


1938 - 2009

Sylvia Clark was born Cairo, GA. and was Valedictorian of her high school graduating class.  She graduated from Wesleyan College with a major in music.  Her professional life began with a move to Atlanta and a position with Retail Credit, but soon she won a position at WXIA, Channel 11.  In the Fall of 1961 she joined WQXI Radio as Continuity Director. Her work ethic plus her background in music, led to Kent Burkhart's naming her Music Director of WQXI and, later, Programming Assistant in the establishment of the firm's newly acquired FM, WKXI, which is now known by "Star 94".  These stations were purchased by Pacific and Southern, a firm with other outlets, and Burkhart named Sylvia Music Director for all the firm's stations.  In this position, she was moved to Denver for about a year, before returning to Atlanta. In the early 70's, Sylvia became a music consultant to a station in Dallas for John Tyler, who had been President and Chief Operating Officer of Pacific and Southern Broadcasting. From there, Sylvia joined Burns Media as Music Director and was one of the architects of “Stereo Rock” syndicated by TM Productions on nearly 200 stations nationwide. Clark, thorough Burns Media, programmed the ambient music at each of the Olympic Venues at the 1984 games. In the last chapter of her career, she was back in Atlanta as a Realtor and Mortgage Broker. Sylvia "semi-retired" in the North Georgia mountains and lived there until her death.


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