Charlie Hicks

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This article is about the broadcaster. For the blues musician, see Charley Lincoln.
For other people of the same name, see Charles Hicks (disambiguation).

Charlie Hicks (born Charles A. Hicks, 4 January 1939, in Marion, North Carolina), also known as "Charlie B," is a former American broadcaster familiar to listeners in radio markets throughout the southeastern United States. He worked in the field for 55 years.

Hicks got his start in 1954 as a late night disc jockey at WHBT in Harriman, Tennessee, when he was 16 years old. He did a stint as a reporter and sports anchor for WLOS-TV in Asheville, North Carolina, where he covered the fatal crash of Piedmont Airlines Flight 22 on July 19, 1967.

In the early 1960s Hicks worked at radio station WSEV in Sevierville, Tennessee where a then unknown and teenage Dolly Parton came into the studio to sing live on-air.

In April 1963, while working as a reporter for WGAD in Gadsden, Alabama, Hicks interviewed civil rights activist William L. Moore just moments before the latter was murdered along rural U.S. Highway 11.[1] Afterwards Hicks gave testimony before a Federal grand jury in Gadsden.

Later in his career Hicks held positions of vice-president and general manager with Suburban Radio Group and Capitol Broadcasting Company, both headquartered in North Carolina. He was general manager of radio stations WEGO in Concord, North Carolina, WKEE in Huntington, West Virginia and WABZ in Albemarle, North Carolina.

Hicks retired from broadcasting in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanton, Mary (2003). Freedom Walk: Mississippi or Bust. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 69–74. ISBN 978-1-57806-505-9. Retrieved 28 February 2011.