LOUISE AND BOYS MEET
SMALL TOWN RADIO ANNOUNCER MAKES
During the years of interviewing a
people, the university would sometimes help to
people of national fame to Charleston.
Tony Hulman once was in the area and was
interviewed by Louise. He and his secretary,
June Swango would become very good friends with
the Coles County Reporter. Tony Hulman owned
Hulman Foods and the Indy
Mr. Lipton (of tea fame) was once
He would send nice Christmas gifts to Louise.
Chet Atkins of Nashville fame communicated with
Louise. She used his "One-Mint Julip" as
song. Leon McCullough (steel guitar
player for the original Texas Playboys) would
friendship and send records. The radio
station got hundreds of records from producers. Often, after they
were rejected for use by the station, Red and I
would get some of them.
pretty good listening music.
"I'M GONNA BE A WHEEL SOME DAY"
AND "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"
Louise’s mid-morning "Talk of the Town"
program at WEIC would often play requests for
listeners. Gene Hackett, a Charleston
fireman, often requested Fats Domino's "I'm
Gonna Be a
Wheel Some Day". Rock ‘n Roll was not popular
with all listeners and advertisers.
sometimes get in hot water for playing
Fats Domino records. She would interview local
celebrities, community groups and intermingle
with music. Retired Coles County judge, Ben
Anderson, requested a song for
his grand-daughter. He wrote a nice
personal note to thank her for the birthday tune
and a previously heard Irish tune.
LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH
One practical joke that was played on
while working was when at WEIC. She started laughing and had trouble
stopping. The program that day had a lot of
extra music. At WEIC, a fellow worker placed a very realistic rubber
spider on the end of the boom mike. I wasn’t
there, but I guess it caused excitement. The
microphone had an attached “cough button,” to
allow the announcer to turn off the mike if
having a problem coughing or perhaps an
uncontrollable laugh. The engineers working
with her would put music on on-occasion.
LOUISE AND SONS TRAVEL TO
In 1961, our mom, me and my brother
packed up in the new Rambler station
took off for Washington
D.C. The trip was beautiful. Everything
fine, except when finally arriving into the city, mom got lost and ended
up driving around a circle street a few times.
Somehow we found our way.
While visiting Washington D.C., the
Honorable George Shipley, U.S. Representative
from Olney, greeted us and provided us with a
car and a driver to show us some of the
Everything was fine, except the driver
a drinking problem and drove like a mad-man. Our
mom told Mr. Shipley, and we decided to see
the city on
Louise’s old friend, and our former baby
sitter, Nina Shaw, had been working in
years in the Pentagon, hosted us.
We resided at her apartment and Red and I drove
Nina was very nice and fun to be around. We
had a good time being with her.
While in Washington, Tilford Dudley,
AFL-CIO officer, showed us his building and the
huge meeting room where AFL-CIO President George
conducted their meetings.
the White House, FBI and the
Smithsonian. I personally, was impressed with
whiteness of the Capitol Building.
were always fans of Senator Estes
Tennessee. Our mom took Red and I to his office
to met him. Louise attended a press conference with Pierre Salinger,
Kennedy's Press Secretary. We all
saw President Kennedy take off in his
helicopter. I remember seeing the U.S. Flag at
full mast indicating the President was present.
Our trip would end, and our mom packed us up
and drove us back to Charleston. I think now,
that she had to be smart to take us on that long
multi-state trip. We were happy to get home.