2019 Career Achievement Inductees
(in alphabetical order- most of the bios were written by the candidates)
Bob Coxe's first radio job was unpaid: rock jock and hockey play by play for my college radio station in the late sixties. After graduation he taught school for two years, and except for a brief stint as a politician's press secretary, the rest of my professional life was radio. Coxe worked for several stations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before moving to Atlanta in '78, to host the afternoon news on WGST. Twelve years later he landed at WSB, and spent the next 23 years co-anchoring Atlanta's Morning News, a consistent award and ratings winner.
Dwight C Douglas grew up in Pittsburgh, the birthplace of commercial radio. He worked at WPPJ (Point Park University), WAMO, WDVE, WKTQ (13Q) as production director, on-air talent and program director. After Pittsburgh, he put DC101 on the air in Washington. Then, to the great state of Georgia to join Burkhart-Abrams & Associates where he worked for 25 years as president. He was consultant to 96Rock during all the great years. After leaving Burkhart-Abrams, Douglas became the PD at the Classic Rock station Z93 in Atlanta. Then VP Marketing at RCS Selector in New York.
Sabrina Gibbons Cupit
Sabrina was just 15 years old when she started her career in radio. Not old enough to drive to her first job, her mother would drop her off and pick her up at Q- 105 in Athens. She only worked there 2 or 3 weeks when the new program director discovered her age. Gibbons-Cupit landed a job at WIMO in Winder and the rest as they say is history. She is WSB's midday news anchor, Health Reporter and is the CDC correspondent for WSB and CBS Network. Sabrina also was an anchor for CNN Headline News and CNN Airport News.
Mary Therese Grabowski Griffin
Mary Therese started her radio career at WAYS-FM in Macon while at Wesleyan College. Coming from a military family, she successfully combined her passion for the armed forces with her work in radio. Shortly after the war in the Persian Gulf began, she created "Operation Pen Pal", a radio promotion resulting in more than 10,000 signatures from listeners sent to deployed troops. She went on to work in television then, in 2016 returned to radio at the Macon's Fox Classic Hits Network as news director/morning local news anchor. Mary Therese is a shining example of a radio professional who exemplifies community service.
Born in Columbus, Sanders Hickey was on-air in Columbus, Athens, Atlanta, and Macon, before transitioning into sales management in Columbus and Birmingham. After building and operating an FM in Texas, Sanders returned to Atlanta as Regional VP for Arbitron, servicing 4 6 Southeastern markets. Later, he was President of Southern Broadcasting, with stations in Georgia and Florida. For eighteen years, Sanders has been Operating Partner of Golden Isles Broadcasting, with stations in Brunswick/St. Simons Island. Sanders is a lecturer at the "GAB Radio Talent Institute," on The Board of Directors of The GAB, and lives with wife Karen in Athens.
Five sold-out Ultimate Oldies stadium concerts, breaking the Beatles fastest sellout record. Attracting a quarter million listeners to a parking lot in July for music & fireworks. Restoring The Fox Theater through a classic summer film series. The Fox Box Regatta, Louie Louie Marching Band, outrageous April Fools stunts, hundreds of festivals, broadcasts and events. Breakthrough interactive billboards, custom TV campaigns and direct marketing efforts driving new ratings records and client results. Yes, “Spiff Happens” and “We Found Dale O’Brien”. From concept to flawless execution, please consider Tim Johnson, Marketing & Promotions Director for WFOX & WPCH, Atlanta.
Bear O’Brian was born Wade Collier on May 18, 1960 in Manchester Georgia. 18 years later, was hired for his first radio gig at WFDR-AM in his hometown. After growing up listening to Columbus Georgia radio, he finally landed a job at Columbus giant “WCGQ” in 1982 as a copywriter/part time air talent. Three weeks later, long time morning Man, Val McGinness, put in his six hour notice and Bear headed straight downstairs to GM Joe McClure‘s office to ask for the morning gig until they could hire someone else. 41 years later, he's still there.
Ron Parker is in his 6th decade of radio starting in Georgia in 1968 working on air at WPLO-FM Atlanta. He attended University of Georgia and graduated with a journalism/advertising degree. He worked WDOL, WRFC, WFOX, and WUOG Athens. Ron was at WQXI 1972-1975 and 1976 at Z93. His career moves include WLCY Tampa, KKBQ Houston, Program Director ABC Radio Networks, KFRC San Francisco, Program Director KLDE Houston, WCBS New York. He is currently working at WLS FM Chicago and for 12 years has been with SiriusXM. Parker was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2016.
Ken Stanford was born Moultrie and his spent fifty five year career in Georgia. In high school he worked at WMTM in Moultrie. While attending radio broadcasting school in Atlanta he worked at WAKE and WBIE in Marietta, He was at WDUN in Gainesville. After spending the majority of his radio career as News Director at WDUN, he retired 2011. Stanford is a Winner of the prestigious Georgia AP Broadcasters President's Award for Excellence in Journalism as well as other AP news awards. Ken is a former judge of the Georgia and national Associated Press Broadcasters national contests.
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