WFDD People from the 1940s to the Early 1980s

Wake Forest College Radio's Early Years – 1940s & 1950s

A fledgling radio station launched from a boarding house in the town of Wake Forest, N.C., joins Pub Row on the Wake Forest College campus. Dr. Marc Lovelace is appointed as Faculty Advisor to the student staff, who serve as announcers, engineers, secretaries, writers, sales people, and other essential personnel. WFDD broadcasts news and play-by-play announcing of Wake Forest sports events. Students host the popular music show Deaconlight Serenade. In the late 1950s the station moves along with the rest of the campus to Winston-Salem.

WFDD Goes FM at Wake Forest University in the 1960s

The Wake Forest student radio station settles in on the new campus broadcasting via carrier current. Dr. Julian Burroughs, a WFDD veteran from the old campus, is appointed Faculty Advisor. In an effort to promote the station's ability to grow, Dr. Burroughs breaks WFDD away from Pub Row membership, although the station continues to be located on the Pub Row hallway in Reynolda Hall. Each fall a new Student Station Manager is appointed along with associated student staff positions to manage the student staff and other station operations. WFDD becomes a 10-watt over-the-air FM station in 1961. Although the station's musical focus is classical, Dr. Burroughs insists that the student-programmed Deaconlight Serenade featuring popular music continue as an integral part of station operations. The managers, programmers, and journalists on the Wake Forest student staff help WFDD grow into a professional community radio station in Winston-Salem. By the end of the decade, WFDD has expanded to a 36,000-watt, full-service radio station that operates year-round.

Student Productions Surge at WFDD in '70s, End in '80s

WFDD becomes a flagship National Public Radio (NPR) station in 1971, bringing “All Things Considered” to Winston-Salem and the surrounding community. For student programmers at WFDD, 11:00 PM is a prized time slot. Deaconlight (sans Serenade) is a student-produced, rock-centric radio show that often incorporates original comedy productions. Students launch a lighter-rock version in the mornings called Renaissance, which airs live weekdays from 7-9 AM. As NPR continues its expansion, Rennaisance gives way to “Morning Edition” before the decade is up. After more than two decades mentoring Wake Forest broadcasting students, Dr. Burroughs steps down as Faculty Advisor and as the last direct link between WFDD and the student body. The university hires a non-faculty station manager who can focus more time on fund-raising for WFDD. The new station manager pulls the plug on Deaconlight and permanently eliminates student management positions at WFDD. Wake Forest students would not have opportunities to produce original programming or be directly involved in Wake Forest radio station management unitl the launch of WAKE Radio a few years into the 1980s.

Students, faculty, and staff who developed, programmed, managed, and maintained Wake Forest campus radio stations.

  • Dr. Marc Lovelace (Faculty Advisor at Old Campus)
  • Gilmer Brande ('49)
  • Earl Bullard, Sr. ('49)
  • Ralph Herring ('49)
  • Mamie Kelly ('49)
  • Alva Parris ('49)
  • Edward Stanfield ('49)
  • Candace Tongue ('49)
  • Mary Couture ('50)
  • Alex Kizer ('50)
  • R.C. Rogers ('50)
  • Wendell Sloan ('50)
  • Roland "Woody" Woodward ('50)
  • Ray Royston ('50)
  • Julian Burroughs ('51)
  • David Herring ('51)
  • John Mitchell ('51)
  • Joe Newhall ('51)
  • Sue Keith Abernethy ('52)
  • Dan Fagg ('52)
  • Bernie Frazier ('52)
  • Brooks Gilmore ('52)
  • Betty Lou Campbell Ipock ('52)
  • Leone Smart ('52)
  • Jack Thomas ('52)
  • Harold Walters ('52)
  • Sara Parker Miller ('53)
  • Marylou Johnson Morgan ('53)
  • DeWhitt Tilley ('53)
  • Esther Trumbower ('53)
  • John Brock ('54)
  • Bradley Curry ('54)
  • Don Freeman ('54)
  • Dick Gordon ('54)
  • Betty Holliday Bowman ('54)
  • Moses Mahaley ('54)
  • James McGinnis ('54)
  • Wiley Mitchell ('53, JD '54)
  • Richard Muse ('54)
  • Eleanor Geer Rollins ('54)
  • Taylor Sanford ('54)
  • Wilfred Winstead ('55)
  • Harvey Durham ('56)
  • Wilbur Early ('56)
  • George Goodwyn ('56)
  • Joseph Lovett ('56)
  • Dave McKee ('56)
  • Charles Newman ('56)
  • Yulan Washburn ('56) and Dolly Brock Washburn ('56)
  • Anne Beatty Oakman ('57)
  • Phil Deaton ('57)
  • Ray Hartness ('57)
  • John Hasty ('57)
  • Owen Herring ('57)
  • Jay Ketchie ('57)
  • Barry Kingman ('57)
  • Shirley Peele Patrick ('57)
  • John Roberts ('57)
  • Tally Roberts ('57)
  • Hunter Stone ('57)
  • Dorothy Braddock Preslar ('58)
  • Tom Bunn ('58)
  • Guy Carswell ('58)
  • Pat Davis ('58)
  • Leon Gatlin ('58)
  • David Hughes ('58)
  • Vern Pike ('58)
  • Philip Diehl ('59)
  • Charles Humphries ('59)
  • Lionel Shaw ('59)
  • Bob Crumpler ('60)
  • Bobby Downing ('60)
  • James Ezzell ('60)
  • Gene Glasco ('60)
  • Myron Hafetz ('60)
  • Grace Wallace Knapp ('60)
  • Jim Mackie ('60)
  • Pat Scott Manson ('60)
  • Saralyn Blanton Griffith ('61)
  • Betty-Bruce Howard Hoover ('61)
  • John Norman ('61)
  • Tommy Chambers ('62)
  • Pat Williams ('62)
  • Ernie Accorsi ('63)
  • Lloyd Godwin ('63)
  • Jan Huggins ('63)
  • Nick Minton ('63)
  • Ray Southard ('63)
  • James O. Wells ('60, MD '63)
  • Paul Patterson ('65)
  • Jim Shertzer ('65)
  • Granger Ancarrow ('66)
  • Richard James ('66)
  • Bill Stracener ('66)
  • Beverly Beal ('68)
  • Jim Byrd ('68)
  • John Collins ('68)
  • Richard Greenberg ('68)
  • Ken Johnson ('68)
  • Frank Donaldson ('69)
  • Kenneth Martin ('69)
  • Bill Smith ('69)
  • Charles Binford ('70)
  • Dave Hartley ('70)
  • Richard Honeycutt ('70)
  • John Searle ('70)
  • Jim Blevins ('71)
  • Dick Norris ('71)
  • Barry Schuster ('71)
  • Kathie deNobriga ('72)
  • Vaud Travis ('72)
  • Bill Beery ('73)
  • Steve Oviatt ('73)
  • C.B. Baker Tharp ('74)
  • Jay Banks ('74)
  • Wally Boyd ('74)
  • Helen Bryant Anders ('74)
  • Russ Fales ('74)
  • Steve Grossman ('74)
  • Don Kobos ('70, MA '74)
  • Michael Miller ('74)
  • George Parker ('74)
  • Keith Young ('74)
  • Jim Brawley ('75)
  • Mutter Evans ('75)
  • Bill Satterfield ('75)
  • Tom Cloud ('76)
  • "Fred" Rick Hubbard ('76)
  • Roberto Hunter ('76)
  • Randy Noftle ('76)
  • Mark Yandle ('76)
  • Mike Baucom ('77)
  • Bud Clark ('77)
  • Al Hinman ('77)
  • Brian Lewis ('77)
  • Steve Marlowe ('77)
  • Steve Pendlebury ('77)
  • Dave Sizer ('77)
  • Brad Anderson ('78)
  • Paul Ingles ('78)
  • Layne Rich Sheridan ('78)
  • Lou Tilley ('78)
  • Mary Beth Touchstone ('78)
  • Gardner Campbell ('79)
  • Mark Schurmeier ('79)
  • Scott Davis ('80)
  • Marcy Monyek-Goldsmith ('80)
  • Craig Robinson ('80)
  • Ben Hodge ('81)
  • DD Thornton ('81)
  • David Dwayne Burgess ('82)
  • Rena Zeya Golden ('82)
  • Joel Southern ('82)
  • Mary Dalton ('83)
  • Charles Neal ('83)
  • Lewis "Tink" Kanoy, Station Engineer 1960s-80s
  • April Hart, Traffic Coordinator, Mid-1970s
  • Reed Wallace, Music Director, Mid-1970s
  • Perry Echelberger, Production Manager/Chief Announcer, Mid-1970s
  • Edison McIntyre, Music Director, Late 1970s
  • Steven Reese, Chief Announcer, Late 1970s
  • Sandra Hagen, Secretary, Late 1970s