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New Documentary: Remembering WLEE 1480 AM

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 11:52am -- WCVE

Remembering WLEE 1480 AM is a nostalgic look-back at one of Richmond’s all time most popular AM radio stations. The documentary traces the station's history from its sign-on in 1948 to its final sign-off in 1989.

Featured interviews include deejays who manned the 1480 microphone from 1960 to 1987 along with listeners who recall the station’s impact on their lives.

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A highlight is actual audio of many WLEE announcers presented through a factual recreation of WLEE’s studio. Program samples include the voices of Harvey Hudson, Shane, Ron Brandon, Guy Spiller, Terry Young and Randy Scott. Additional WLEE talent interviews include Gene Loving (1960-1962), Rich Landrum, Steve Hendrix, Floyd Henderson and Tony Booth along with comments from Richmond Radio Hall-of-Fame announcer Kirby Carmichael. WLEE newsmen Dave Skinner and James Banzer add their perspectives.

Scott, who was there from 1967 to 1974 produced and edited the program. He says, “WLEE 1480 was the AM Richmond radio station many generations grew up with. I wanted to explore the reasons behind its success and showcase some of the people who made it happen. Harvey Hudson is a legendary Richmond radio personality and the beginning of the program focuses on his promotional genius that established the foundation for WLEEs phenomenal success.”

Scott adds, “On another level, we look at the circumstances that brought about the eventual demise of WLEE along with many AM music stations while former listeners lament the changes radio has undergone since that era.”