WPAQ celebrates its 70th

WPAQ celebrates its 70th

8:06am Jan 27, 2018
Green Valley Boys
The Green Valley Boys gather in WPAQ's Studio A for a live broadcast in the early days of the station. (L-R) William Vogler, Benton Flippen, Glenn McPeak, Harold Coin, and Elbert Williams.
Paul Brown collection, courtesy Benton Flippen

Radio Station WPAQ in Mount Airy, NC celebrates its 70 years of broadcasting on Saturday, February 3, 6PM, at the Earle Theater in downtown Mount Airy.  Since 1948, this unusual commercial station has offered traditional Appalachian music including old-time, bluegrass, classic country and gospel. On our Program #110, we feature music from the station's archives; insights from ATBR host Paul Brown, who started his professional broadcasting career at WPAQ; and interview segments from Jordan Nance's documentary film Broadcast: A Man And His Dream. Check out this story by Eddie Huffman in the Winston-Salem Journal.  And be sure to take in this Across the Blue Ridge episode, part of our Blue Ridge Music Trails series produced with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, Blue Ridge Music Trails, and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.