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The WBT Radio Announcer, Grady Cole, gave much of his free time in helping Alexander County people on this hospital project.
WBT's salesman-announcer Grady Cole (at the station from 1930 to 1961 and well known as "Mr.
It was at this console,from 1955 until 1961, when Grady Cole left the air, that Tom Callahan, Tommy Stutts, Lee Jenkins, Bill Cook or some other WBT technician, "ran the board" for Grady.
It was at this console,from 1955 until 1961, when Grady Cole left the air, that Tom Callahan, Tommy Stutts, Lee Jenkins, Bill Cook or some other WBT technician, "ran the board" for Grady. People | Grady Cole Dixie," appeared about our own Grady Cole. (A week ago today, former WBT Radio personality Grady Cole was killed in an automobile accident. Then somebody thought of Grady Cole. They called his office, told him the story, and asked his help. Grady's response was immediate. He would come up to Taylorsville and conduct an auction sale. Grady Dances On Saturday the good folks of Alexander County poured into the county seat and with them they brought things to be auctioned off-bed spreads, live pigs, apples, preserves, canned goods, furniture and clothes. The crowd had the little court house bulging at the seams. All afternoon Grady auctioned off these things, some at many times their value. When everything was sold and the money still wasn't enough, Grady harrangued the crowd for more money. He sang, he danced at so much per song and dance. After midnight the frazzled crowd was told that the money was still short, but that Grady had made the difference out of his own pocket. So Grady got in his car and drove back to Charlotte and arrived just in time to sign on the station Sunday morning. Thanks to Grady, Taylorsville got its hospital-and there's a room in it dedicated to Grady Cole. Eight minutes after Grady Cole's raincoat was nothing but a small pile of ashes on the curb of South Tryon Street in front of the Wilder Building, it began pouring rain. The WBT Farm Editor had told his listening public for the last several days that if it didn't rain by 4 o'clock, Wednesday (May 21), he would burn his only raincoat. It didn't and he did. Hundreds craned from office windows along the first several blocks of South Tryon Street and jammed the sidewalks to see if Mr. Cole was actually going to burn the raincoat. A minute or so before 4 o'clock, he came from the building, stuck the raincoat on a small pole fastened into the storm grating, doused the coat with gasoline, and struck a match to it. In a moment it was burnt to a crisp. Mr. Cole pushed through the ring of people in front of the building, went inside the soda shop, ordered a milkshake and a piece of pie. From left, Perry Como, Bob Hope, Grady Cole, Arthur Godfrey, Eddie Arnold.
Perhaps the best know of our Brethren outside the Lodge was Grady Cole who was for several years a radio announcer for WBT Grady was honored posthumously when the old Park Center Building was renamed the Grady Cole Center. Friendship is known among other Lodges for its ritual work.
Ed Myers Radio in the 50's
Ty Boyd later replaced the legendary Grady Cole as Morning Host at WBT in Charlotte.