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January 18, 2016 3:51 pm  #1


. . . joined Hank Williams, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, John R. Cash, Farren Young and Tex Ritter, among others, in Hill Billy Heaven yesterday



January 18, 2016 4:22 pm  #2


From a 2014 profile in the Buffalo News:

"In the 1950s, he made his mark as deejay and program director at WJJL in Niagara Falls, and by performing at the Grand Ol’ Opry and the WWVA Jamboree. WWVA was a fabled station in Wheeling, W.Va., dating to 1935.

He left WJJL when the station changed focus. “My boss was not a country fan, so I left in ‘64 to go to Buffalo. I asked, ‘Can I buy the records?’ He said, ‘You can have them.’ ”

After a colorful stint at WWOL, a station converting to country, a station came up for grabs, and so he founded WXRL."

Western New York’s soul of country music 

Buffalo News obit

Last edited by RadioActive (January 18, 2016 4:26 pm)