Georgia Radio Extras

The Georgia Network was formed in 1972 by Don Kennedy and others. in a small office/studio off Clairmont and I-85in Atlanta. The following is taken from the 1974 Broadcasting Yearbook:

Georgia Network Inc.-Comprising WRNG Atlanta, WAUG, WAUG -FM Augusta, WDOL, WDOL -FM Athens, WGFS- Covington, WKRW Cartersville, WWNS Statesboro, WXLM Savannah, WDUNGainesville, WLAG WLAG -FM LaGrange, WLBB WBTR -FM Carrollton, WCOH, WCOH -FM Newnan, WRBL Columbus, WKOG Gordon, WGAA Cedartown, WMRE Monroe, WSYL Sylvania, WACX Austell, WROM Rome, WRBN WRBN -FM Warner Robins, WSNE Cumming, WRWH Cleveland (all Georgia). Hqtrs: 2779 -A Clairmont Rd. N.E., Box 29334, Atlanta 30329. (404) 636 -8686. Don Kennedy, pres; Larry Melear, VP, chief engineer; Wade Medlock, news -program dir; Richard Moore, news editor, Peggy Nielson, features editor: Paul Stone, South Georgia Bureau chief; Chris Macris, account mgr.


GN Closed Circuit

January  '74J



Rate Cart April '79


Spring 1983



Larry Munson


Wade Medlock


Richard Moore

All material courtesy of Don Kennedy

In 1952, when Billy Bob Elkins was only a senior in high school, he came to his father, Bill (CC) Elkins, Sr. and stated that what he wanted to do in life was to own a technical school with his dad to train the best educated graduates anywhere. Bill (CC) Elkins, Sr. was then an instructor at Brown Institute. When he learned of his son's vision for the future, Bill Sr. gave notice to his employer. Billy Bob was able to get his dad three students to train for their FCC First Class Radiotelephone license examination. With the monies from that session, Billy Bob passed out fliers he had punched up in his typing class. The morning of the next class came and Bill Sr. opened the door to twenty-three students! The Elkins' small living room was packed! Billy Bob skipped school that day and ran out to find a classroom, blackboard, tables and chairs. Bill Sr. taught the throng and handed out homework. Billy Bob needed his dad's signature since he was not of age for the lease of a room to hold the class. Due to the Elkins' spreading reputation, the entire building was leased soon after that and eventually bought, torn down and a brand new Elkins Institute building was erected. During that time, around 1968, Elkins Institutes were training in six major cities, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Minneapolis.

Elkins Institute was purchased by BFT Training Unlimited, Inc. in 1997, and the Elkins company headquarters relocated from Texas to California. Although many of the organizations are decentralized, all entities are now under the umbrella of Elkins Holdings LLC. Elkins currently provides technical training, licensing and certification to international organizations, national administrations and non-governmental organizations, individuals and businesses primarily in the maritime and aviation industry throughout the world.



Courtesy of Dr William  "Bill" Gay


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