Friends of Georgia Radio named the inaugural class of Georgia Radio Legends. The five broadcast professionals are honored for their significant contributions to radio and service to listeners throughout Georgia.
-Charles Giddens / Media Venture Partners
In the 1970s, Giddens was part of WRFC/Athens, WFOX-FM/Gainesville, WAGQ-FM/Athens, and WCGQ/Columbus, all dominant stations in terms of tuning and sales. In 1987 he became co-founder and managing director of Media Venture Partners in Washington, DC. He died in 2001.
-Bob Houghton / Georgian Association of Broadcasters
Houghton has served as president of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters since 2012 and recently became president of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations for 2022. He also served as the CEO of Georgia Public Broadcasting. Before moving to Georgia, Houghton spent 16 years at CBS Radio, where he was a national sales representative.
-Sandra Parrish / WSB AM Atlanta
Parrish joined the staff of WPLO, Lawrenceville, in 1991 as a generalist reporter. Less than two years later, she was recruited by Randolph Holder’s Clarke Broadcasting to join the press team of WGAU and WNGC, Athens as deputy news director and drivetime presenter. In October 1994 Parrish joined NewsTalk 550, WDUN, Gainesville. And in 1995, she was appointed legislative reporter for WSB Radio, a position she has held since 1998.
-Lois Reitzes / WABE FM Atlanta
Reitzes has been heard on WABE since 1979. Beginning in 1982, Lois hosted the weekday morning show Second Cup Concert on the WABE Classics HD channel. Since January 2015, she has hosted city lights, an arts and culture program. As the leader of WABE’s content department, she is an executive producer of the arts and culture team.
-Neil “Hondo” Williamson/WSB Atlanta
Williamson is a longtime voice on the University of Georgia Bulldogs football broadcasts and a veteran WSB radio executive. “Hondo” launched his broadcasting career at UGA’s campus radio station. After graduating, he eventually covered all major league sports for top WQXI-FM/94Q and WQXI-AM. With Cox Media Group for almost 30 years now, Neil has served as Director of Sales, Marketing and Research as well as Director of Sports Marketing for the Bulldogs, Braves, Hawks, Falcons and Yellowjackets radio networks.
The five Georgia Radio Legends will be honored at the first Friends of Georgia radio Georgia Dayhosted by Jeff Foxworthy, at Alpharetta’s Metropolitan Club on August 27.