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Black reminisces about the good ol’ days of radio

May 24, 2021

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Ralph Black, host of “The Morning Show” on WTBF Radio, was the program guest of the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday. Following the program, Black, center, shared a laugh with program hosts, Rotarians Johnny Garrett, right, and Jimmy Ramage, left.Ralph Black was happily playing music with the Auburn Knights Band when opportunity came knocking.Opportunity didn’t exactly come knocking though; it came from a saxophone player with the band.At that time, Black was an audio engineer with Auburn Public Television. The saxophone player alerted Black that WAUD, the “Big Wad” needed an announcer. You Might Like Students catch glimpse into Chinese lifestyles Yuetong Qu, a graduate student at Troy University, teaches the umbrella dance of the Chinese culture to a group of… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Print Article Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Black dropped a few names, names like Toni Tennille and “Pappy” Talbot.He knew Toni Tennille when she played with the Auburn Knights Band and long before she hit the big time and changed the pronunciation of her surname.“I saw her years later and asked her why she pronounced her name, ‘Ta-neil,’” Black said, laughing. “She said that’s the way it should be pronounced. The people in Alabama just didn’t know and pronounced it ‘Ten-al.’”Black said Talbot, who was a cracker jack radio announcer on WTBF, was his idol.“Pappy is 94 years old and his mind is just as sharp as ever,” Black said. “I’d like to get him back up here so folks could get a chance to talk to him. That would be a real treat.”’Black said country music continues to be the music of the South and Steve Flowers and Robert Earl Stewart are the most popular analysts on WTBF.Even in today’s world of ever-changing technology, Black said radio is holding fast.“There will always be a place for radio because it’s local,” he said. “Radio will never go away. It’s here to stay.” Black told of the days of floppy discs that were actually “floppy.”“You could wad the discs up and throw them in the trash can, then get them out, straighten them up and use them again,” he said. “The way the discs flopped, if you were in a hurry, you couldn’t get the disc in the slot in time.”But better times – or different times – were coming and Black said he is amazed at the changes that technology has brought to radio broadcasting.“Now, you can be riding down the highway and come up on a situation and phone it in from the road on your cell phone,” he said. “That’s how much times have changed.” Email the authorcenter_img Black reminisces about the good ol’ days of radio Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Next UpThat was the beginning of Black’s long and storied career in radio and as a voice of WTBF Radio, Troy.Black was the program guest of the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday. He shared his journey from the days of reading commercials “on the air” to his attempts to master the “devil box.”“Back in 1964, we read every commercial live,” Black said. “All of the commercials were written in a notebook. We’d have to thumb through the notebook to get to the commercial to be read. You could hear the pages rattling on the air.” Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2013 By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

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