Broadcast Giants In Central Ga. Start Radio Station Fox 94.7

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016

A small group of folks started a new radio station in Macon.

They have a ton of experience in the broadcast business, nearly a couple of centuries between them, but despite that kind of background life can throw an emotional roadblock into any project.

There's a new kid on the block when it comes to radio in Macon.

John Timms began the venture and serves as the point man when it comes to getting it on the air.

“Without knowing what we were doing exactly we said we're going to make a radio station and we did," he said with a grin.

Don't let John Timms fool ya -- he's spent his life as an engineer in the broadcast business.

A couple of years ago his friend, and a our late colleague here at WMAZ, Oscar Leverette had an idea.

“We needed a '70s, '80s, '90s radio station. We had currents and we had a oldies, so in the middle is where we needed to be," John recalled.

They wanted to take it a step farther by adding familiar voices in Central Georgia, Gail Daniels and Ben Sandifer.

“We said it would be nice and benefit the public if we could come up with a local radio station that had the personalities that were on the air a decade or so ago," John said.

“I like the fact that it's local radio talking about local events," Ben explained.  "Every day at 8:30 a.m., I do a local interview.”

Between the four of them, and yes, we got out a calculator for this one, they have 189 years of broadcast experience between them.

“I thought, 'Wow, we sure do sound old,'” John said.

Not old, but as vibrant as this group is, death came early for the guy that dreamed up this project.

Oscar passed away at the age of 68 last spring.

“It was difficult. It was not something we expected so soon,” John said.

His wife of more than fifty years, Lynn Everett, is still very much involved with the station.

“I think he would be very proud of these guys and what they've done.  I'm sure he's looking down and saying, 'Wow, you're doing a fantastic job,'” she said with tears in her eyes.

Oscar, who always had a quick smile and a twinkle in his eye, no doubt is overseeing things.

“I think he would be happy we continued this, and occasionally, a glitch will happen, and I say, 'Oscar, what are you doing to us?,'" John said with a chuckle.

Timms says down the road, they hope to have a station in Warner Robins at 105.9.


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