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Media Legacy Celebrates 45th Anniversary
"I got a dog in the east, I got
a dog in the west,., my dog can
monkey just like yours, but can
your dog do the monkey like
Daddy-O's?" If you were in an
earshot of Winston-Salem back
during the late 50's and early
60's, I'm sure you can recall
those words echoed by "Daddy
Oh from his infamous Patio/'
Oscar "Daddy-Oh" Alexander
was among the early announcers
for the legendary, WAAA radio
station. WAAA (Triple A) was
not only Winston-Salem's first
all Black programmed radio sta
tion, but was also the only sta
tion in North Carolina with an
all Black format. I would be
remiss if I did not mention two
other announcers who laid the
foundation for WAAA's legacy.
Robert "Bobcat" Roundtree who
came to Winston-salem from
WTMP in Tampa, Florida and
Larry Williams who was a part
of the station's first staff.
On Sunday, October 29
WAAA will kick-off its 45th
Anniversary celebration at
Neal's beginning at 8 p.m. The
gala celebration will feature spe
cial guest, Betty Wright whose
hits include ''Clean Up Woman,"
'Tonight's the Night," "No Pain,
No Gain," and /'For Love
Alone." Lo-K-Shun Band fea
turing Gwen out of Durham will
also perform. To round out the
celebration, some of the former
staff members will be present
along with current staff. There
will also be anniversary cake and
hors d'oeuvres. Admission is
$10.
WAAA signed on the air
October 28, 1950 at 1 p.m. It
was Winston-Salem's fourth AM
broadcast station. The first com
mercial broadcast was a play-by
play description of A&T College
Vs. Morgan State football game,
directly from the stadium in
Greensboro. Togo West and
Bruce Miller were the game
announcers and Reads Drug
Store and Coca-Cola Bottling
Company were the sponsors.
year marks her 16th anniversary
as owner.
WAAA's format has been
the distinguishing factor that has
set it apart from other radio sta
tions. The station has systemati
cally provided a variety of music
ArtsReach
By CHERYL HARRY
Triple A's first studio home
was on the corner of Church and
Third Streets over Rufus Hair
stones Store in the heart of a
booming Black district down
town. Roger Page was the
owner of the station. The first
staff included program director,
Bernard Baker, announcers
Lucille Douthit, Bruce Miller
and Larry Williams. Velma
friende was the traffic manager
and Doris Page was the book
keeper. Page would have four
successors and ownership would
change for the fifth time to Mut
ter D. Evans, the station's cur
rent Executive Vice President
and General Manager. .
Mutter D. Evans became the
youngest Black American to
own a broadcast property when
she purchased WAAA at the age
of 26. She graduated from Wake
Forest University in 1975 with a
degree in Speech Communica
tions and Theatre Arts. She
began her employment with
WAAA during the summer of
1974 in the News and Public
Affairs department. After gradu
ation she returned as News and
Public Affairs Director. This
and programs to appeal to a
diverse and discriminating lis
ternership. Its format has set the
standard for other stations target
ing the Black community. Many
feel the hallmark of WAAA is
its full day of Sunday gospel ser
vices and the daily obituaries.
WAAA has been a con
cerned and caring station that
stays tuned-in to the concerns of
its listeners.
The station continues to
strive to promote excellence in
meeting the needs and interests
of Winston-Salem's Black com
munity. Forty-Five years later
the station is still providing
strong personalities, news,
sports, information and musical
mix (gospel, jazz, rhythm &
blues) that is still satisfying the
appetites and needs of the pre
dominately Black listening audi
ence.
The station has an even
stronger commitment to serve
the African-American communi
ty by making a positive differ
ence with its daily programming.
For further information
about the Anniversary Kickoff,
call WAAA, 767-0430.
Exhibits at SECCA to Continue Jan '96
Two exhibitions have
opened at the Southeastern Cen
ter for Contemporary Art
(SECCA). The exhibits opened
October 21. Threadbare:
Revealing Content in Contem
porary Fiber will be on view in
the Potter Gallery. Accounts
Southeast: Craft - Function and
Tradition will be in the Balcony
Gallery. Both exhibitions will
continue through January 21,
1996.
Threadbare: Revealing
Content in Contemporary Fiber
expands the concept of fiber
beyond the traditional craft par
adigm and explores the ability
of the medium to communicate
positions on social, cultural, and
political issues. The exhibition
finds a basis in traditional fiber
techniques, such as quilting and
Two Exhibits to
Open at SECCA
It's time for Fall
Artchamacallits?!, the chil
dren's artmaking program at
SECCA. Participants will
view this fall's exhibitions that
feature the works by Willie
Birch - plus, two exhibitions
that focus on t he craft and
fiber mediums: Threadbare:
Revealing Content in Contem
porary Fiber and Accounts
Southeast: Craft /Function and
Tradition.
The sessions are children
ages 6-7 and will take place on
consecutive Wednesdays,
November 8 through Decem
ber 6, beginning at 4 p.m.
All sessions will be taught
by SECCA's former program
coordinator and local artist,
Alice 'Burton. Costs are $45
per session for SECCA mem
bers and $55 for non-members.
Classes are limited so reg
ister by contacting the pro
grams Department at SECCA,
725-1904.
Contact Virginia Rutter,
Public Relations and Market
ing Coordinator.
weaving, but stresses content's
relationship to material, tech
nique, and tradition. Artist
included are Xenobia Bailey,
Susie Brandt, Lou Cabeen,
Nancy Davies, Bing Davis, Vir
ginia Davis, Tina Girouard,
Oliver Herring, Raymond
Materson, Margo Mesing,
Elaine Reichek, David Szfrans
ki, Shari Urquhart, and Anne
Wilson. Through their art, these
artists address gender issues,
African-American identity,
industrial or popular culture,
and social concerns such as
AIDS. Stretching the notion of
fiber, formats range from knit
ted mylar to quilts of clothing
labels to woven paper.
SECCA's Accounts South
east series focuses on the work
of artists living in the Southeast
who have made significant con
tributions to the art of the
region and nation. Accounts
Southeast: Craft - Function and
Tradition, the first group show
of the series, highlights tradi
tional, functional clay, basketry,
and fiber. Participating artists
include Mark Hewitt (Pittsboro,
N.C.), Billie Ruth Sudduth
(Bakersville, N.C.), Mary Jack
son (Charleston, S.C.), Michael
Simon (Colbert, Ga.), and
Edwina Bringle (Charlotte,
N.C.).
Exhibitions Opening
Reception will take place on
Friday, October 27 from 7-9
p.m.
For more information, con
tact SECCA at 725-1904.
Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad
SYMPHONY
Peter Perret, Music Director
1 fit MBSSfe
Concerts for Kids
3 Sunday Afternoon
Concerts
3:00 pm ?
Reynolds Auditorium
October 29th
Hefty Heroes: Babar & Friends
(With NCSA Dancer* & David Schildknt, Narrator)
March 3rd
Let's Go America
May 5th
Going For The Gold
Season Tickets: Family (2 Adults, All Children) $90
Child $15 ? Adult $18
Single Tickets Also Available At The Door
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Scholarship winners (I to r); Priscilia Green, AKA president; Tamara Springs, Talcona Carruthers, Chrystal
Petty, and AKA Sholarship chairman Natlie France.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Presents Three Scholarship Awards
Phi Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Inc. presented three academic
scholarship awards totaling
$3,000 to local high school
graduates last week at a recep
tion for the students and their
parents at Ivy Arms Clubhouse.
The awards were based on
each applicant's cumulative
grad point average, rank in
class, SAT scores,and essay
entitled, "As 1 See Myself in
the Future."
The winners were, Tamara
Springs, daughter of Isadore
Springs, who graduated from
East Forsyth High School and
now attends UNC-Wilmington,
Taleona Carruthers, who is a
Glenn High School Graduate
and is now enrolled in Forsyth
Technical Community College.
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She is the daughter of Ruth
Carruthers and will later attend
Winston-Salem State Universi
ty; and Chrystal Petty, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Petty,
Sr., a graduate of Carver High
School and presently attends
UNC - Chapel Hill.
Other local graduates who
were commended for outstand
ing academic achievement were
Kandy Sutton and Ideana
Greene of Glenn; Lakeisha
Funderburk, Brooke M. Perry,
Adrian Gerald and Crystal
Hosch of Mt. Tabor; Darlis
Poole, Marisa Poole and
Mahogany Wade of North
Forsyth; Angelica Davis, Toya
McCullough, Bridget McCul
lough, Wadeana Porter and
Arnica Simmons of Parkland;
Laura Marks of Reynolds; and
Megan Dillard of West Forsyth
High School.
Natalie France, scholarship
committee chairman, congratu
lated the students for their out
standing records and expressed
appreciation to the parents for
their support; Velma Friende
presented the awards and
Priscilla Green, president of
Phi Omega Chapter, extended
greetings from the AKA mem
bers.
Other committee members
include Pauline Benson, Annie
Hairston, Pauline Jackson,
Mary Jenkins, Barbara Puryear,
2nd Chlories Shore.
Dr. Eva L. Evans of Lans
ing, Michigan is international
president of the 130,000 mem
ber organization whose motto
is "Service to All Mankind."
A Higher Order Of Style.
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A higher order of taste.
Twelve year aged Order Of merit.
Decidedly worth the wait.
Order Of merit is Available In Your Local ABC store.
    

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