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Video: Remembering Bennie Turner

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Bennie Turner was not only a highly respected politician and attorney, he was a pioneer in the broadcasting industry in this radio market.

For many years he owned WACR radio in Columbus. And that station gave many aspiring radio personalities and journalists their first big break…including some of us here at WCBI

“I anchored the news at two of Bennie and Edna Turner’s radio stations. Certainly they were pioneers when it comes to broadcast acquisition,” says R.H. Brown, former WACR employee

“I had the opportunity to program both the am and fm station and the am was a chore because it was a gospel station…24 hour gospel,” says Pat Quinn, former WACR employee.

“I will be always grateful for Bennie Turner for giving me my first job in radio. I was still a student at Mississippi State University when I first started in radio at WACR,” says Ronny Smith, former WACR employee

“I think we can all reflect on the our accomplishment and think of a person or people who helped us along the way. For me, Bennie Turner is one of those people without question. He was my first broadcasting boss,” says Aundrea Self, former WACR employee.

Turner sold WACR radio several years ago, but currently owns WTWG in Columbus.