WVOT – Wilson’s Voice of Tobacco Land16 November 2011
Source: WVOT (Radio Station: Wilson, N.C.) Collection Manuscript Collection #1177
Staff Person: Nanette Hardison
The WVOT Radio Station known as “Wilson’s Voice of Tobacco Land” started broadcasting on June 3, 1948 and was the first radio station for the town of Wilson, North Carolina. WVOT’s programming centered on special events that took place at the radio station and in and around Wilson. Events that the station covered were the community’s involvement in the tobacco industry, special events held at local businesses and other events that the station’s staff deemed significant to the town. Among these most notable events was one that featured radio and television personality Arthur Godfrey. The radio station was also known to broadcast a one-hour program for African-American residents called, “Sepia Serenade” which featured contests and local African-American talent. WVOT’s history is illustrated through a scrapbook of photos, clippings and other documents which makes up the collection. One of the photos from the scrapbook that is shown below is of an interview with two children who were contest winners of bicycles in a Mello Ice Cream Contest.