COLES COUNTY NEWS:

THE GATHERERS AND THE REPORTING

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COLES COUNTY REPORTER RETIRES AFTER NEARLY 17 YEARS IN BROADCASTING,

NEW THINGS HAPPEN

 

LOUISE TALKS ON WLS-CHICAGO  "BREAKFAST CLUB"

Louise and Melvin were sent to Chicago by WLBH for a broadcaster's convention. While there, they got tickets for Don McNeill's "Breakfast Club" radio show on WLS every morning. The show allowed the audience to fill out a request to be on the air. Louise stated that she missed her microphone. Her card got selected and she was on the air. Red and I got to hear the show (somehow). There was our mom on the "hip" WLS. WLS played the top ten rock hits during the rest of the day. We were staying out at Aunt Ruth's house while mom and dad were in Chicago. Things did not go right all the time on that trip though. The new Rambler station wagon that we took to Washington D.C. had the wiring burnt out of it because of a battery charger some parking garage man had put on it. I don't remember how they got home. The car was later fixed.

WRONG TOPIC FOR MORNING BREAKFAST TIME

Louise's sister, Ruth and her son Roger used to listen to the morning talk show with Louise while eating a late breakfast. This morning Louise was talking about Dr. Scholl's foot treatments for corns and calluses. Ruth and Roger called later in the morning to complain that their breakfast appetites were ruined.

LOUISE CONDUCTS WEEKLY DRAWING FOR CHARLESTON IGA (GROCERY STORE IN CHARLESTON)

Every Wednesday Roger Charleston (same nephew mentioned in previous story) would take Louise and Red and I to the IGA parking lot where the weekly drawing for cash would occur. This was a big deal, and a very large crowd would gather. In the crowd was Spider (our neighbor and friend). Louise had a youngster draw the winning card. It was Spider, but Spider forgot her card. She sure could use the money. Louise realized this and told stories and jokes to stall while Spider ran home and got her card.

Morally, this was not right, but Spider had a card, needed the money and just forgot hers. She was present. What would you have done? Louise said that Larry Taylor, owner found out and wasn't very happy.

You can't please everybody all the time!

THE LYNCH COLES COUNTY REPORTER FINALLY SHUTS OFF THE MIKE

Along about 1964 or so, Louise retired from broadcasting. She would take a job at the Adult Education Center in Mattoon, and then end up with other careers before retiring. She doesn't even remember why it all came to an end. It just did. Louise Taylor spent nearly 17 years in the radio broadcasting business. In 1965, she hired on with the new station at Casey (WKZI), but the management was very strange there. That was when I had my thirty minute rock/teen show. I'm glad I did it. Louise is happy with what she did. She is contented that she helped a lot of people and made life more interesting for many, especially the Taylor family.

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