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Christening of the Capitaliner Winston-Salem airplane, 1947.

Christening of the Capitaliner Winston-Salem airplane, 1947.

Christening of the Capitaliner Winston-Salem airplane, 1947. Charlie Norfleet is at the microphone. Gordon Gray and C. Bedell Monro are standing behind Norfleet.

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  1. I was just browsing the internet and came across an event that occurred in 1947. At that time I was 13 years old and do not recall the event.

    However WAIR was my favorite radio station in Winston. I remember Uncle Gills noon time show, Jimmy Wynn and my favorite, Ray Burke and his “Late Date Show”. I memorized his sign off. “And now we come to the end of another broadcast day. Since early morning we have the privilege of bringing you a great pageant of events, some gay and some sad but all woven into the vast tapestry of life, to those who are separated form their homes and loved ones, may the dawn of tomorrow bring renewed hope and courage”.

    That was 72 years ago. I don’t recall all of it but that is close. Ray and I became good friends. I wanted to be a radio announcer and he was training me along the way. He use to let me in the station at night and I watched him do his Late Date Show. He taught me how to read commercials etc.

    My first meeting with Ray was a real surprise. I was expecting a man about 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. Same one at the station said that’s Ray over there. I was bigger than he.

    Lots of kids tied up your phone lines when he was on. We requested our favorite songs and there was a trick on the phone lines. You could hear other people in the back ground. I got a lot of dates using that system.

    Ray started building a house before I went into the Air Force. I went with him to his lot which I think was on Peace Haven road. He had several sticks of dynamite and proceeded to cut them into smaller pieces. He placed the charges under trees that didn’t want and blew them of the ground. I was impressed!

    Do you have any information about Ray Burke. I lost track of him when I went into the Air Force during the Korean War.

    I served 4 years in the Air Force and was stationed at Palm Beach AFB for 3 years. I met a girl from here and we will be married 62 years next August. I am now 85 years old and have a lot of good memories about Winston-Salem.

  2. My grandfather founded WAIR . He died before I was born and I know little about him or the station . Did you know George Walker , my grandfather ?

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