Red Jones To Retire From Radio After 63 Years
May 31, 2011 at 6:23 AM (PT)
GRADICK COMMUNICATIONS Classic Country WKNG-A/TALLAPOOSA, GA morning host RED JONES has announced his retirement after 63 years in radio. He has been on mornings at WKNG for the past 10 years and was a 2008 GEORGE RADIO HALL OF FAME inductee.
JONES was born in BAIRD, TX and started working at the local radio station at the age of 14. He graduated from the UNIV. OF TEXAS with a degree in radio and television and worked at KVET/AUSTIN. After college, JONES joined the ARMY and worked with the ARMED FORCES NETWORK in GERMANY for three years.
In 1956, RED worked with GORDON McCLENDON at KILT/HOUSTON. In 1961, RED moved to WQXI/ATLANTA to be its PD. In 1963, he went to WDGY/MINNEAPOLIS a year, but, returned to WQXI as Assistant Manager, PD and morning man. While there, RED did afternoons, mornings, helped establish the ATLANTA FALCONS RADIO NETWORK, and launch WKXI-F, now WSTR.
RED also made stops at WFOM/MARRIETTA and managed WLAG/LaGRANGE.