“The Glory Days of WCHK” is the story of hometown radio station WCHK, which went on the air broadcasting from Canton in 1957 in the days when the main industries of Cherokee County revolved around cotton and chickens.
Much of the information is based on the memories of Byron Dobbs, who was one of the original employees of WCHK. Dobbs was at the station for more than 40 years, beginning as a self-described “gofer” and advancing to general manager.
The book is described as a casual history and features reminiscences of many listeners and former employees as well as Dobbs.
Cline said the idea for the book came after Dobbs spoke at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Canton.
She will be sharing some of the stories from the book on Saturday.
Dozens of humorous stories, including a fan letter from an inmate of Atlanta’s federal penitentiary, raids on moonshine stills and a high school majorette dropping her baton and setting the grass on fire during a football game are featured in the book.
All profits from the book will go to the Cherokee County Historical Society.
“We are very grateful for Marguerite’s generosity in donating her profits to us and excited that she has captured this part of our history in her book about WCHK,” said Stefanie Joyner, executive director of the Historical Society.
Cline is a Southern storyteller who shares unforgettable, but true tales about her family, friends and neighbors in her weekly columns in the Cherokee Tribune.
She has published two books of her columns.
Cline is also a former Cherokee County school superientendent and educator.
A native of Sparta, she came to Reinhardt in the 1950s to attend Reinhardt College, met her future husband there, the late Joe Cline, and continues today to live in Waleska.
She is a mother, grandmother and active in her church, Heritage Baptist Fellowship near Waleska.
“The Glory Days of WCHK” is available for $19.99 at Yawn’s Books & More, 210 East Main Street, Canton, or online at www.yawnspublishing.com.