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Traditional radio
returns to Meridian

By Staff
special to The Star
July 27, 2003
Three radio pioneers are joining forces to bring what they call "real radio" back to East Mississippi and West Alabama.
Among them is Barney Grant, founder of WYLS-AM, a 5,000-watt station in York, Ala. that operates at AM 670. WYLS, for the most part, has featured easy listening music over 33 years. Grant, also owns FM station WSLY (104.9) which operates a studio in Meridian.
Aug. 1 is the initial airing date for "Great American Music" with real live local deejays actually playing George, Conway, Loretta, Merle, Cash, Dolly, Porter, Kitty, Hank Williams Sr., and even Jimmie Rodgers and Lawrence Welk.
Adcock, a veteran music librarian and radio personality, said if you hear from a deejay or personality hosting a music show, 80 percent of the time it's coming from another town via satellite.
Longtime WYLS voice in York/Livingston, Ala. is staff announcer Tim Craddock.
Adcock will feature "Great American Country" (traditional) music on his afternoon show, which airs from noon to 4 p.m.
In a related announcement, Chapter No. 156 of "Remember When" will be aired on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon according to Fitzgerald, who produces and hosts the historical program. In this program, he will profile The Meridian Star story, focusing on the 105-year-old daily newspaper in Meridian.
The studio phone numbers are (601) 693-2345 and (205) 392-5234.

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