BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- In the early days, radio shows consisted of a microphone, live performers and no recorded audio, but over the years that has changed and today many stations are automated and offer digitized and pre-recorded shows.
A Morgan County man who traces his announcing career to the early days has adapted to these technical changes but not the newer music. Jim McCoy is offering old style country music over the Internet.
When McCoy introduces himself you can imagine him announcing into a studio microphone.
"Hello, my name is Jim McCoy,'' he says. "Well I'll be 83 years old in April. I been in music all of my life.''
McCoy grew up in Morgan County but spent most of his career working for radio stations in nearby Winchester, VA, starting in the 1940s.
"I was involved with Patsy Cline in the late '40s when she came to the radio station, WINC, and wanted to sing with my band,'' McCoy said. "And we knew from that day on that she would be something else, and to make a long story short, I stayed friends with her right up until she got killed in the plane crash.''
McCoy's first radio job was in Hagerstown, Md., where at age 15 or 16 he sang on a show at WJEJ.
"And my dad back then, you know, we didn't have much money and he would take me over and Bud Messner had a show on at six o'clock in the morning and I went over, just me and the guitar and his band, and I played with him and that was my first appearance,'' McCoy said.
According to the website Hillbilly-music.com, Messner's show ran on WJEJ for about five years.