The longtime, legendary voice of the Lakeway Area
was silenced on Friday, February 7, with the sudden passing of Ed Dodson
It is impossible for us to put into words what he
meant to this community and for more than two generations of WCRK Radio listeners - so we will let you do the honor.
I just want to say that Ed
will surely be missed!
was a great man and it was always great to hear his
voice on the radio every morning.
May God be with you all and keep his
To the staff of WCRK and family of Mr. Ed Dodson,
Just wanted to send in my most sincere condolences during this time of loss.
Growing up in Morristown, Mr. Dodson
was both a legend and an icon.
My grandparents, my mom, me, and now my little cousins are avid listeners.
I remember being a kid with my mom at Shoney's and hearing the "man on the radio" ordering and wanting to say hello.
My mom took me over and I got to say "hello" and he
was very kind.
was an easy person to grow close to.
Over the past years we have continued to meet and stay in touch through out the weeks.
took interest in me, my family, my children, and my grandchildren.
family and spoke of them regularly.
and I labeled each other as workaholics but Ed
loved what he
did all of these many years.
To Vicki and the rest of the family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
will surely be missed, but not forgotten.
was a fixture on WCRK
in Morristown for many years.
was also one of the first real "fans" I had as a broadcaster.
support early in my career meant a lot.
always enjoyed talking about the Vols and the latest happenings at Morristown West and East High.
Morristown has lost a true legend, and I have lost a dear friend.
My prayers are with Ed
family this morning.
was the standard for what a gentleman should be.
humor, compassion, patience, and character made everyone feel at home
Those of us who had Ed pass through our lives are extremely lucky.
For those of who were lucky enough to work with him are luckier and we are better people because of him.
The man my children called "Mr.
" will be sorely missed for now.
is in heaven' radio station with Jeep Rouse talking people into putting their telephones in a paper bag so the phone company can blow the dust out of the lines and signing checks with the name "John Hancock".
Till we meet again Ed
had such an easy way about him, a soothing voice that I have heard for nearly 50 years and I am going to miss that voice.
Always an optimist, sometimes a prankster but always a friend.
could remember you maybe not in name but in face and made you feel that while speaking you had the floor.
A good listener and if he
had opinions he
would let listeners know they were just his
opinions leaving room for the other side of the story to be debated.
was a wonderful person, caring individual and all around God fearing man that I personally am going to miss more than words can say.
I will miss he
and Ed Arnold going over the trivia list in the mornings.
What sad news, I have grown up listening to Mr. Dodson
My thoughts go out to his
family and friends.
My childhood memories are sweeter because I grew up listening to Ed
on my way to school every morning..and especially on snowy days waiting for Ed
to announce that there will be NO SCHOOL
in Hamblen County schools today!
just had a way of making a snow day sooooooo exciting and special!
sweet comforting voice IS my childhood,and it's hard to let him go.
God bless WCRK
, and may his
legacy live on.
Hopefully you will play excerpts of his
lifetime of radio work from time to time so that we may continue to hear that sweet comforting voice for years to come, so that he
will NEVER be forgotten!
I was telling my co-worker, Don Britton, just a few weeks ago that Ed Dodson
is truly a Morristown are treasure.
I am so sad that our sweet Ed
has left this Earth….Hometown radio will never be the same…Much love and prayers to Vickie and his WCRK
Lost a dear friend and past co worker.
always had a smile on his
face, and offered to help his
fellow co workers.
So blessed to have worked with him, and other great people at Wcrk
We love and miss you Ed
How saddened I am to hear about the death of one of my favorite people, Mr. Ed Dodson of WCRK.
voice was such a presence in my house growing up and long before my children were even born I often joked with him my kids knew his
voice as well as their dad's and me when they were born.
E whispered to Ed
"Peace be Thine and gave him wings to fly.
I am so sad to hear the passing of Ed
I am 50 years old so I can say I have heard his
voice most everyday in my home.
Mother and Dad always had the radio on WCRK
first think in the morning and all day. his
voice is what I heard when I got up.
I looked forward for the Turkey shoot at Thanksgiving and Ed
bringing in Ol Santa Claus around 5:00 at Christmas time. so many memories of him.
I took the tradition on to my home with my family for my children and grandchildren. we will miss him and never forget him.
The staff of the Morristown-Hamblen Library would like to offer our condolences to Ed Dodson's family and WCRK.
We welcomed him into our homes and families every morning he
was on air.
was a great man and a great advocate of the Lakeway area
, including the library.
will be missed!
I, along with this entire city, grew up waiting in eager anticipation for Ed
to announce...THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL
IN Morristown City, & Hamblen County Schools TO-DAY !!!!!
comforting voice will be missed so badly, it will take time to let it go.
It would be nice to hear old clips of Ed
from time to time, ESPECIALLY during school closings.
can edit in some of his
past school closing announcements and air them so future generations can feel that same magic!
I have known Ed Dodson
nearly all my life, though listening to the radio and going to church together.
In the early 80's we were always playing pranks on someone and also doing pranks to Ed
I had the privilege singing in the choir with him at Alpha Baptist Church for many years.
One of my best memories of Ed Dodson
is when he
and our Pastor Dr DeArmond and my son Andy Rhea were visiting a man to share the plan of salvation.
After getting back in the car my son asked Ed
why didn't the man accept Christ as his
tried to explain and then asked Andy if he
would like to ask Jesus to come into his
Right there in the car, my son gave his
life to the Lord.
I will never forget Ed
leading my son to the Lord!
That is the most important thing that an individual can do in his
will be sadly missed.
helped get me get up for school everyday, growing up I would be half asleep eating breakfast at the kitchen table with my family in the mornings and I would listen to him and he
would help us start our day.
I especially loved on those snowy mornings when he
would announce no school in Hamblen County!
My husband and I are listeners of WCRK
and we will really miss his
humor and the love he
had for his
community and the people who live in it.
Our community has lost a special man.Prayers to his
From the first day I walked into the WCRK
building on Brown Avenue and was then hired by the station, it was a pleasure to see Ed Dodson
each and every time we spoke.
Whether it was a professional or personal interaction, I always felt affected by his
quick words of encouragement and the testimony he
was just as eager to share with me.
A true gentleman of the profession and a legend in the Lakeway community whose legacy will long be felt.
I can almost envision the conversations he
had with his
maker, thanking Him for what God had blessed him with and in turn, sharing those blessings with everyone who crossed his
The reason I say that is because of that very same personal testimony which wasn't far from Ed's lips as soon as I spent more than a few minutes with him.
is example has influenced my life in a way which can't be repaid other than by trying to somehow approach the same standards of integrity.
In fact, I could open my dictionary and under the word "integrity" is that same dapper picture of Ed
which will remain etched in my mind.
and us, Ed
was the "voice" of Morristown.