1928 - Alderson High School - 1968


My Life in Radio
Herman King 08

Though working in radio enabled me to meet celebrities, I found the personalities who chose that profession interesting enough. I can hardly believe I remember so many names! (Move over, Al)!  There was a young man from New York named Brad Galer (or perhaps  Gaylor) who would wear a nurse's mask in flu season. We laughed at him, but I don't think he ever caught a sniffle. And what a good name for radio, it rolls off the tongue. Where is he now? Probably still cold-free! There was a combo dj-engineer named Frank Temalis who looked like Kruschchev. He was cranky about everybody and everything, and the stingiest person I ever met (including employers). Frank would park  his car just outside town and walk the rest of the way to save putting a penny in the parking meter. (I swear this is true)! One day we met at the ice cream fountain in a Lewisburg pharmacy and offered to buy me a cone of ice cream (remember how yummy those were)?  When I told the girl to give me two dips, I thought he would have a stroke! Frank asked for a single dip himself and never offered to buy me anything else.
I do forget the name of the guy who would open his mike and bellow HELLO, WORLD as if WRON were a network station that reached all corners of the globe.
Bill Blake was absent a lot, especially when Cecil Underwood ran for governor. Bill appointed his secretary Gladys manager, a bitter disappointment to Red Mullins. But Gladys did her best. For one thing, she paid us in cash to keep our checks from bouncing as Bill often cleaned out the payroll account quickly. Bill got his payback from Underwood and was made head of the state National Guard. He eventually sold the station to a young couple from Ohio.Bill proved to be a colorful character and good copy for the Charleston Gazette. For instance, after a critical editorial appeared in the Gazette about him, he had a cannon (empty, I presume) stationed  directly aligned with the newspaper's building. They found that humorous.
And the years rolled by. Jim Venable promised to promote me to manager, so when he introduced the son of Lewisburg's mayor in that capacity, I was angry and hurt so I resigned and left for Hampton Roads.