Atlanta, Ga– The Georgia Association of Broadcasters is pleased to announce the individual finalists for the 2020 GABBY Awards. New host may know a lot about politics but the chipmunk voice wears on my ears. Kemp declares public health emergency in response to COVID-19 [VIDEO], HEMC, Trailwave temporarily suspend nonpayment penalties, Search for runaway leads to unrelated drug bust in Habersham County, Raiders’ homecoming rival sidelined by COVID, game postponed, Toys for Kids program now accepting applications and donations, After power outage, pay attention to food safety. “It’s flown by really,” he says of his 69-year radio career. WCON “Sunshine Melodies” host Billy Burrell and daughter, Neysa Joy. From Cornelia to Atlanta, to New York and San Francisco – and even the Ukraine – Billy Burrell’s voice has touched ears and hearts globally. He encourages fellow believers to do the same. Thank you for the clarification. Miss Joel’s warm and laid back personality . Bryan Pirkle . WCON (Cornelia) Joel Williams . The host of WCON Radio’s “Sunshine Melodies” marked the milestone with family, friends, colleagues, and fans Friday during an early birthday celebration at the station in Cornelia. Contact Robert at RJSutherland@hotmail.com. WCON morning personality Joel Williams served as moderator. “Sunshine Melodies” is now the longest-running weekday radio show – hosted by the same person – in North America. Joel and I became friends over the years, and I co-hosted Morning Talk with him a few times. It was just recently that he noticed his legs growing weaker. Plus 100,000 AM/FM radio stations featuring music, news, and local sports talk. Now Habersham Glad to know he’ll be back on the air within earshot! He was born in the Rabun County town of Dillard on March 14, 1930, and grew up in Tallulah Falls. Box 2393 He joined the station as a morning announcer in 1965 after a conversation with friend and station owner John Foster. That’s where he launched his gospel music show, featuring a daily devotion and prayer. His departure is so unlike my experiences in radio. 5. My Country 99.3 is one of the region’s largest FM signals reaching north Georgia (including the affluent northern Atlanta suburbs), western North Carolina, and upstate South Carolina with a … WCON Radio. 540 North Main Street Cornelia, GA 30531 | map | directions. Thankfully, the folks at WDUN are far more gracious when friends depart. Member Since: 2008. His dad lived to be almost 95. 4. He began his broadcasting career in 1951 as an early morning announcer at WLET Radio in Toccoa. Joel Williams has worked there since 2002, after a previous stint for a couple of years. He’s a good man. Sign up to get the latest news and events straight to your inbox. Thanks for subscribing! So, I’ve been immortal form that standpoint,” Burrell says. They’d all been “blown out” in radio lingo, with the PD safely driving down the road. Things change. During the gathering, Mayor John Borrow officially declared March 14, 2020, as Billy Burrell Day in Cornelia. He began his broadcasting career in 1951 as an early morning announcer at WLET Radio in Toccoa. People come and go. Even now at 90, Burrell says he has no plans of changing it. Joel and I became friends over the years, and I co-hosted Morning Talk with him a few times. (1-844-669-6397) … Billy Burrell shares gospel music and the Gospel with listeners before sliding into his country music morning show co-hosting duties with Joel Williams. Misunderstood', LISTEN: Lee Brice's 'Memory I Don't Mess With' Revisits Lost Love. Billy Burrell has built a church on Georgia’s airwaves, and through the modern marvel of satellites and the internet, he’s able to welcome people from all over the world into it. When he’s not behind the pulpit or on the radio, you’re likely to find him outside his home doing yard work, gardening, or chopping wood. WCON “Sunshine Melodies” host Billy Burrell and daughter, Neysa Joy. Clarkesville, GA 30523, PHONE:1-844-NOW-NEWS That’s what he’ll be doing when his next radio shift rolls around bright and early, Monday morning. In 1961, the couple welcomed their daughter, Neysa Joy Burrell. Now Habersham livestreamed the video. I’ve worked for a half-dozen radio stations over the years, so I wasn’t shocked to hear that he wasn’t at WDUN anymore. (photo by Sherri Purcell) ... gospel music and the Gospel with listeners before sliding into his country music morning show co-hosting duties with Joel Williams. | #. EMAIL: news@nowhabersham.com WDUN in Gainesville is a big radio fish in a small town. His wife, BJ, will remain at WDUN as their primary newscaster. Please enter your username or email address to reset your password. I miss the morning show. Roughly even male-female split featuring both blue-collar and professional workers with disposable income. WGCO (Savannah) Stacy Scott . This website uses cookies. Billy Burrell at 90: Still bootlegging the Gospel. The PD sadly told the announcers that if their names weren’t on the list posted in the control room that — unfortunately — they were fired. I won’t stop listening to WDUN, although I might give WCON a try. “We met up one morning in front of the post office in Cornelia, and we were short a morning announcer,” Foster recalls. This year’s awards will be presented virtually on Saturday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. More information about the live stream will be announced soon. The veteran broadcaster attributes his good health to those family genes and the Lord. WCON Radio | | | | Advertising & Media >> ADVERTISING. “I’d encourage everybody, wherever they work, whatever they do, to go ahead and bootleg the Gospel,” challenges Burrell. The man was in desperation. Joel's wife BJ is the News Director & is still there, so it makes me think Joel may have taken another job possibly with a local government (this is pure speculation). Branding: My Country 99.3 On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Joel and I spoke on the phone. As he prepares to go on air every morning, he thinks to himself, “I don’t know how many people are listening, but I know that I speak with more people in three minutes than I could in a church in a lifetime.”. Radio guys have an old joke: “What do you call a broadcaster with a mortgage?” The answer? I felt a bit of sadness to hear that Joel Williams has taken “another opportunity” as they say. While in Starkville pastoring Calvary Baptist Church, he built a cabinet with turntables and a reel-to-reel and used it to record his program. The relaunch comes with the addition of Joel Williams for mornings and Chad Mann for afternoons. “An optimist.” I was thrilled to hear that Joel departed without the rancor that often splits up such great teams as Bill & Joel. | #. That’s where he launched his gospel music show, featuring a daily devotion and prayer. And while some might be inclined to gloat, Burrell relishes the recognition he receives as evidence he’s “advancing the cause for Christ.”. At one station where I was hired, I inquired about the previous staff. Format: ’90s & 2000’s Country WCON morning personality Joel Williams served as moderator. He also credits his “dear wife, who has benefited my habits of eating, and she insisted I go to bed and not stay up.”. Williams joins WCON-FM from mornings at Jacobs Media News/Talk 550 WDUN Gainesville/102.9 WDUN-FM Clarkesville. We wish you well. They’re on his list of things he enjoys along with broadcasting. What was on the wall? Sheriff Terrell’s presentation … I’ve been listening for 30 of their 70 years on the air. In the decades since, the music, the station, some of the people, and all of the technology have changed, but not Billy Burrell’s purpose. Visit our, ABC Audio Announces Addition Of 124 New Cumulus Affiliates. He said, ‘Billy, I’m going to take my life today. The announcers quickly made their way to look at the list of who didn’t make the cut. On Saturday, Billy Burrell turned 90! The mix of old and new music was a rare treat in today's world, and WCON was always on my car radio and playing in my shop. It was my joy to greet them and to speak with them.”. WBTR, WCKS, WWGA, WKNG, and WLBB (Carrollton). Misunderstood' album completely under wraps until its release. I’m equipped now to slit my wrists, and I’m going to. He says he’ll keep doing it “as long as God permits and provides. Clayton Foster 706-778-2241 Visit Site Connect With Us . The Facebook page of the Bill and Joel Morning Show is still active, but would assume it will change names soon to the Morning Edition with Bill Maine. You may view the recording in its entirety below or on our Facebook page. My Country 99.3 WCON - Cornelia, GA - Listen to free internet radio, news, sports, music, and podcasts. It’s an approach that works for him and his listeners. The first hour of video focuses on the commission race. WCON Radio | 540 North Main Street, Cornelia, GA, 30531 | My Country 99.3 WCON is an HD 100,000 watt Radio Station covering from Greenville SC to Atlanta GA ~107.7 The Breeze plays all your relaxing favorites from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Call letters: WCON-FM & WCON HD-1 Branding: My Country 99.3 Tagline: ‘The Music That Made Country Great’ Format: ’90s & 2000’s Country Website: mycountry993.com. We will be delivering cards to first responders and local nonprofits. (photo by Sherri Purcell) ... gospel music and the Gospel with listeners before sliding into his country music morning show co-hosting duties with Joel Williams. State Senator John Wilkinson presented Burrell with a Senate Resolution honoring him and his distinguished 69-year career. The pastor with a heart for people and a penchant for radio calls it “bootlegging the Gospel.”, “I felt a definite call of using radio to get the message out to people,” Burrell says. You may view the recording in its entirety below or on our Facebookpage. “I heard a minister not long ago say, as a Christian, you are immortal until God has let you finish the work. Speaking to people and inspiring joy is what Burrell has been doing for the past seven decades. WDAK (Columbus) Scott Miller. Website: mycountry993.com. Since retiring from full-time ministry, Billy Burrell has served twelve times as an interim pastor in area churches. GAB provides technical, regulatory, and advocacy support to our members as well as offering continuing professional enrichment opportunities designed to keep Georgia broadcasters at the forefront of the industry. WCON-FM operates in stereo with 50,000 Watts on 99.3 megacycles. Continue reading…, 'It All Stars With Songwriting': Country Artists Reflect, Country Music Memories: Eric Church Releases 'Mr. | #. Wes Carroll . Please check your email for further instructions.

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