By: Holly Hollman
In Athens, if you want to know the latest on a sick neighbor, you tune in to the morning Sick Call Radio Program on WKAC. On the momentous occasion of their 65th anniversary, co-hosts Corey Hudson and Jay Hudson want to tell the story of this staple of our hometown news.
The Sick Call first aired on WMJW on February 15, 1953. Buford Romine and J. C. Dobbs wanted a way to advertise Buford’s restaurant and J. C.’s Shoe Shop. They got with “Pappy” Dunnavant, who owned the radio station. They added the theme song “Someone To Care.” They borrowed the ‘sick call’ from the Army. The show moved to WKAC 1080 AM. Over the years, Buford’s wife, Mary, and their daughter Jill Hudson were all active in the program.
Jay Hudson became co-host in 1973. Forty-five years later, he is on the air at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Corey Hudson came on as co-host in 2000. Between father and son, they make sure the program goes right on.
The show lets everyone know about deaths, funerals, birthdays, anniversaries, and special events in Athens, Decatur, Florence, Pulaski, Rogersville, and many other areas. Also news from all the Senior Centers.
Several faithful sponsors have supported the show through the years. One of the many sponsors, Dobb’s Shoe Shop, third generation, is still a sponsor. Most of the sponsors have been with the program 15 plus years. Some over 40 years.
Jay and Corey want you to know how much they appreciate their listeners and sponsors. We are hometown folks sharing the news while you have your coffee. Corey always says, “Dad loves to talk.”
For 65 years, the show has exemplified Athens is a community that cares. So, this week, Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks honored current Sick call co-hosts Corey Hudson and Jay Hudson with a Key to the City and certificate of appreciation for being Classic. Southern. Characters.
Please turn your radio on at 8 a.m. Tune it to WKAC 1080. You will hear the words, “It’s time for the legendary Sick Call Program.” Either Jay or Corey will welcome everyone with a “Good Morning,” and you’ll know that – It’s time for another Sick Call Program…The tradition continues!!!
By: Holly Hollman
Grant Coordinator/Communications Specialist
City of Athens, Alabama