THE "PROFESSOR" REMEMBERS WEIC
NORMAN STRADER "THE PROFESSOR" TELLS STORY ABOUT WEIC
One of the original employees of WEIC from its beginning to the 1960's was Charleston High School Physics teacher, Norman Strader. Norman got his nickname, "The Professor" from none other than the Coles County Reporter, Louise Taylor. Norman knew the engineering aspect of the studio (transmitters, tubes, dials, circuits, etc.) like nobody else. Randall Moody worked with Norman for several years as engineer, as well.
NORMAN A. STRADER STATION WON’T COME ON!
Sometime during the management of Jim Seed and time of popular disc-jockey Terry Mack, Norman tells a very humorous story. Terry was a bit on the cocky side and told everyone he could sign-on in the morning. Evidently Norman was having trouble with the station because of salary cuts and strange management policies (remember how they logged their music?) Terry went in and turned everything on, but the transmitter •wouldn't come on. He panicked and ended up calling Norman for emergency help. Norman responded and went out to the station. He looked things over and discovered that someone had turned a few dials the wrong way. Nothing was seriously wrong. The transmitter was reset and the station went on-air. Terry wasn't nearly as knowledgeable as he thought. Norman ended up leaving the station for good. He became full-time audio-visual repairman for Charleston
Schools. He was a good announcer for WEIC, as well as engineer. Generally, he would go in real early to sign-on and then do his school job. He would work more during the summers and weekends. Norman can still be seen around Charleston. He was a part of WEIC's golden age.
LOUISE BEATS WLBH AT COVERAGE OF DEDICATION OF CHARLESTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Louise was recollecting about her relationship with WLBH, while she worked at WEIC. One interesting event was media coverage of the dedication of the new Charleston Memorial Hospital. Louise had spent a great deal of time and effort in trying to get the hospital opened. She helped to operate the Country Market, and provided all kinds of publicity (interviews, activities, etc.) to raise funds. When time came for a formal dedication, Mr. Ray Livesay, WLBH wanted exclusive coverage of the ceremony for his Mattoon station. Louise told me she got this over-ruled and WEIC got the coverage. It seems strange to me that a public event would have only one station to cover it, but as with the Oakland Cornbread and Bean Festival, organizers preferred one media to run things.
PAST PERSONALITIES OF WEIC AS WE REMEMBER THEM WERE:
Betty Alexander (Office)
Hugh Birdsong (Announcer)
Betty Blagg (Office)
Jake Goble (Announcer, Engineer)
Waldo Grigoroff (Announcer, Engineer)
Larry Harrison (Sales)
John Heath (Management & Announcing)
Dick Lynch (News and Announcing)
Terry Mack (Disk Jockey & Engineer)
Randall Moody (Announcing & Engineer)
Betty Owens (Owner & Management)
Jack Owens (Owner & Management)
Sheila Owens (Teen Announcer)
Jim Seed (Management)
Norman Strader (Announcer & Engineer)
Barney Strode beck (Sales)
Louise Taylor (Reporter and News Director)