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Larry Tinsley Honored By Atlanta City Council

Radio legend celebrated for 50 years of radio broadcasting

Maria Boynton
May 21, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Atlanta radio legend Larry Tinsely is a man with many wonderful and interesting stories. For instance, how he was discovered in 1968 by radio legend Doug Steele, in an elevator. And there's the one about how "Godfather of Soul" himself, James Brown, had to wait two years before he could hire Tinsley at his radio station WJBE in Knoxville, TN. Tinsley was in college on a basketball scholarship at the time, and knew that his mother wanted him to stay in school.

Tinsley now has another story to add to his repertoire. 

Monday, Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore, and the members of Council, recognized Tinsley for 50 years in radio broadcasting.  In recognizing Tinsley, Moore said, "We salute his tremendous achievements and wish him future success and happiness." The Proclamation is signed by Moore and all of the members of Atlanta City Council.

In accepting the honor, Tinsley said, "I've been serving this community for many many years, and you just don't know special this is to be honored by this body."

Tinsley's wife Pecolia, daughter Lisa, and son Kevin were in attendance.

It was in 1971 that Tinsley joined radio station WAOK in Atlanta. He is the host of the top-rated "Sunday Morning Praise", which airs on WAOK and WVEE-V103. He also hosts an hour of gospel from 5a-6am daily on V103.

Station General Manager Rick Caffey, recounted when he brought Tinsley from another radio station to V103. "What V needed at that time was a spiritual foundation. There was no one better in Atlanta to fulfill that than Larry." According to Caffey, Tinsley was the first employee that he hired when he came to V103 and WAOK in 1995, "And I haven't looked back since."

Tinsley has received a number of lifetime achievement awards, a Gospel Announcer of the Year Stellar Award, and was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.