The Last Great Days of Radio by Lynn Wooley

By Lynn Wooley

Long-time radio character Lynn Woolley introduces you to the laughs and instances of Texas radio in its heyday. a mix of humor, wit, and nostalgia, this booklet follows the occupation of Woolley from the smallest station in a small industry to the biggest radio newsroom in Texas, and again back.

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Finally, a change of hair color (bleached blond) made the changeover complete. The promotion of Jay Scott could begin.  Photo: Courtesy WABC-TV. Page 23 The selling of Jay Scott is, in fact, where this story gets strange. WNAC elected to not promote Scott's abilities as an anchorman and reporter as much as his youth and good looks. That did nothing for his credibility. Then to make matter worse, the station proceeded to explain to the Boston public how Jay Scott had been discoveredin a motel room in Denver.

On second thought, maybe the Sprott/Scott story shouldn't be used. It's pretty far-fetched for fiction. <><><><><><><><><><><><> That same week, Nicholas von Hoffman ran the story coast-to-coast on the CBS Radio Network's "Spectrum" series. " End of story. But not the end of the line for J. Hugh Sprott. He went to Pittsburgh, and then to Sacramento, where he made the Page 24 cover of the TV-TIME magazine in the Sacramento Union on October 5, 1980. Of him, they wrote: Our Cover Jay Scott is all settled in now.

Yet another big voice belonged to Walt Canady. Walt had been at two small AM stations prior to his arrival in Temple. The first was in Mineola and had the rather rural call letters of KMOO. After working at KSST in Sulpher Springs, Canady moved into teaching high school speech; in fact, he was my speech teacher at Temple High School. Being only a few years older than his students, he tended to alienate the administration by running around with the guys in his classes and dating the girls. Walt was a sharp guy, and had, to my young ears, a major market voice.

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