Late Albany broadcaster entering Hall of Fame

Milt George

Milt George

ALBANY, Ga. — Former Albany radio station owner Milt George, who died in 1999, will be inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in October as a legacy inductee.

The Preston, Idaho, native became interested in radio as a boy when he purchased a crystal radio set. He obtained his first-class amateur radio license and communicated with people all over the world.

He accepted his first radio job as a teen in Logan, Utah. After attending the University of Idaho, George was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Armed Forces Radio Corps and sent to Hollywood before being transferred to India to take over a radio station there.

While in Hollywood, George met Jim Woodruff Jr., whose father owned radio stations in Georgia. Although George planned to return to Idaho and get his law degree after serving in the military, those plans were changed when he received a call from Woodruff.

Woodruff offered George the station manager job at WGPC-AM in Albany. He accepted and planned to stay just one year, but never left.

During those early days, George would hire teenagers from the area to produce a Saturday-morning show for the younger audience. One of those teens was Ray Ragsdale, better known as Ray Stevens, who went on to achieve success with a string of novelty hits such as “Ahab the Arab” and “The Streak.”

George eventually became part-owner of the local station with Woodruff and Joe Gamble. In the 1960s, WGPC-FM was built. George became sole owner of the stations in 1977.

In addition to owning and managing the radio stations, George was active in the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and served on the local Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Albany and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.