2013 Legacy Inductee

Annie Lee Small

1920 - 2008


Annie Lee Stagg was born on July 8, 1920 in Chicago, but, grew up in Jacksonville. Her radio career began when, at age 12, she read poetry on WMBR in Jacksonville.  She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia Missouri, joined their staff teaching radio engineering. She worked in radio in Chicago, performed onstage in New York, and was a Powers model. She moved to Atlanta and worked as assistant production manager at WSB radio. She was Atlanta and WSB's first female announcer. WSB sent her to Warm Springs to cover the death of Franklin Roosevelt. In January 1945 she was named one of the nationís favorite women commentators by the Atlanta Journal Radio Daily. She married Navy airman James Small and in 1959 they purchased WYTH in Madison. Among her many duties at the station was preparing and delivering three 15 minute newscasts daily. In the course of covering local events she was active in many community activities and organizations. In 1990 a health issue forced her retirement. She died in 2008.

           

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Annie Lee Stagg, WSB and Atlanta's first female announcer.   


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