2014 Legacy Inductee

Warren Roberts

1920 - 2011

Warren Roberts was born August 4, 1920 in Red Oak, Georgia. He attended various public schools in Red Oak, Augusta, Savannah, and College Park before graduating from Russell High in East Point at the age of 16. Roberts worked for a dairy supply company and began his radio career as an actor on WATL and in many theatrical group stage plays. He served in the Army from 1942 until 1946. After being discharged, he went to work at WEAS in Decatur. He started as an announcer and eventually became manager during the last half of his 12 year stay. In 1948, Roberts and Statesman Quartet founder Hovie Lister began what may have been the first daily Southern Gospel program. Initially they played 78rpm recordings of gospel groups on “Gospel Quartet Time”. The program was on the air on different Atlanta metro stations for 46 years. Roberts also emceed “All Night Singings” in Atlanta for 25 years. From 1958 until 1964 he was the host of Warren Roberts Presents”, featuring top gospel groups, first on Atlanta Channel 11, then a Christian television station. Roberts retired in 1993 and died in 2011.     

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