Local radio station WPAQ held a traditional open house for its Monday afternoon live broadcast of the South Carolina Broadcasters.
The commons area was filled with spectators watching the perform ace, which Mary King said “brought back a lot of memories.”
WPAQ has been known throughout the decades for its support of old time and blue grass music, often having some of the biggest names in those genres in the studio for live performances.
David Sheppard and Ivy Sheppard began the band, South Carolina Broadcasters, in Charleston, South Carolina. Ivy Sheppard began her search for venues and it was then the band sort of ‘”took-off.”
“We played and travelled a lot,” she said.
In traveling, the two realized they should move closer to family. “Charleston was five hours from everywhere,” added Ivy Sheppard .
The two have been living in Mount Airy for about two-and-a-half years. After moving, they found and welcomed the third band member, Andy Edmonds, into the group.
Recently, the group was signed to the John Boy & Billy record label and are due to release an album in September.
Ivy Sheppard is also a DJ for WPAQ Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 2-6 p.m.
The band played several old-time songs that the crowd sang and reminisced to. A crowd favorite seemed to be the performance of “Glory Land.”
King said she could remember coming to the station in 1948, listening to Ray Myers and several other musicians. “It was near the same set up, chairs filled the room, and so did the people.”
It was then she turned to her friend Betty Blackburn and asked, “Do you remember when your cousin was married on the air?” Blackburn said in response “Yes, that was really something,” as they laughed together.
Chase Haynes, another spectator during the event, said she “loved it.”
After several songs were performed the band exited studio A and walked out to meet and thank their audience for coming. David Sheppard made the statement to a fan, “It was fun.”
David Sheppard, in comments regarding the performance, said “It wouldn’t be live radio if everything went according to plan, but it was fun. WPAQ is a legendary place and we are glad to be apart of it.”
Playing in front of people they knew is one of his favorite parts of doing a live show, he said.
“Getting back to the traditional way of broadcasting, it’s a great thing.” Ivy Sheppard remarked.
As the crowd slowly began to leave the station when Florence Green remarked to a few ladies “It wasn’t quite long enough, it was just enough to tease us.”
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