WTMA celebrates 80 years on the air

WTMA celebrates 80 years on the air
June 14 12:22 2019 Print This Article

WTMA (AM-1250) talk radio host Charlie James did his show Friday in front of a live audience to celebrate the station’s 80th year on the air, the last 30 of which have been in the talk format. The milestone was cited in proclamations from Governor Henry McMaster and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.

James brought back a lot of former on-air personalities, starting with Dan Moon, who became the station’s first local talk host in 1989. He dedicated the station’s broadcast studio as “Dan Moon Studio.” Moon noted that talk radio welcomes people with talent for the spoken word, no matter what they happen to look like and that the format engages the entire community. He said, “We attracted everyone!”

Among the other on-air personalities who participated in the anniversary were Rocky D and his producer Donna Darling, talk host Scott Cason, music disc jockeys Terry Allen and John Burwell and longtime program director Steve Harringan. Live 5 News anchor Bill Sharpe, who started his career as a news intern at WTMA, called in to the program. WCIV news reporter Bill Burr also appeared on the show.

Former South Carolina Speaker Bobby Harrell, his wife Cathy and his son Trey were also on-hand. Bobby and Trey occasionally fill in for James when he is on vacation. Harrell Insurance and the Robert W. Harrell III Law Office are both sponsors at the station and credited their sponsorships for helping to grow their businesses.

James thanked the WTMA listeners for playing a major role in the station’s success. He said, “It’s not about us (the hosts). It is about you, the listeners. It’s about the one-on-one conversations we have with you every day.”