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December 21, 2012

FAMILIAR VOICE

THOMASVILLE — One of south Georgia’s oldest voices endures despite its advancing age.

WPAX (1240 AM) is on the verge of a major milestone. It will celebrate its 90th birthday on Thursday.

On Dec. 22, 1922, Hoyt Wimpy established WPAX, the third station to go on the air in Georgia. It was part of his master plan.

Wimpy was looking to expand his radio receiver business. In hopes of increasing radio receiver purchases, he created a 10-watt, one-man station in a garage.

Wimpy’s plan worked to perfection as his receiver sales began to escalate with the advent of WPAX.

“He was a man before his time,” said Len Robinson, WPAX’s current owner.

See Saturday's edition for more details.

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