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The Singing Miner

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

The first FM radio station in Eastern Kentucky is celebrating 60 years on the air this month. WSGS, Power 101 in Hazard reaches one million listeners in 40 Kentucky counties and beyond. Tonight, we uncover some video of one the station's most popular personalities that hasn't been seen in 25 years.

In 60 years, many radio announcers come and go and some leave a lasting impression. They covered the big stories.

"This is by far the most tragic situation that has ever taken place here in Eastern Kentucky. Tonight there are families, kids, teenage boys, teenage girls lying at the bottom of this cold river," said Ernest Sparkman covering the 1958 Floyd County School Bus Accident.

They covered the big games.

"Clay County's got this ballgame. Clay County's gonna be the champions. Clay County's gonna win it," said Jay Lasslo as he covered the 1987 Sweet 16.

And then there's George Davis, or The Singing Miner. Davis worked for WSGS and WKIC from 1947 until 1969, after nearly 30 years working in the coal mines.

The Singing Miner wrote songs with titles like "Coal Miner's Boogie" and "Buggerman in the Bushes". He also sang commercial jingles.

During a murder trial in the 1950's, a woman was asked when the crime occurred. She told the lawyer she couldn't remember exactly, but knew the Singing Miner was either coming on or going off.

After decades of entertaining listeners, George Davis, the Singing Miner, died in 1992 at the age of 88.


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