Wayne Jackson on remote at the election boards
Wayne Robert Jackson (1926- ) was a pioneer in early television and sports broadcasting in Wilmington, NC. He was one of the first employees of WMFD in 1954, which later became WECT-TV. He was the first news anchor in the region. He had an afternoon show called "Relax with Jax" that ran for many years., and was the host of "Carolina in the Morning" for nine years after that. He retired in 1989 after working 35 years in local radio and television. He has been awarded the Order of the Long-leaf Pine, and the Pete Ivey Memorial Award for Public Service from the College News Association. In 2006 he was elected to the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame due to his being involved with early TV broadcasting of football games, boxing events, and interviewing sports greats such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Sonny Jorgensen, and Roman Gabriel. He broadcast the first basketball game at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on TV in 1978, and did the color commentary for the Seahawks for many years. He also did some of the first television coverage of election returns in the area.
Television; University of North Carolina, Wilmington
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