Goodbye and Thank You

Dear Loyal Awake With Drake Listeners:

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Awake With Drake will cease broad-casting after the August 14, 2015 broadcast.

This move has been made necessary for two reasons: (1) Davidson Media Group, owner of WOLI-AM 910 and FM 105.7, on which we have been buying the time to broadcast our program, has sold the stations to a broadcast company that specializes in Spanish language programming, and (2) Craig Debolt, who has been hosting the Awake With Drake program since Bill entered the hospital in April of 2014, has of necessity taken a full-time job with Salem Communications, requiring that he end his employment with us after August 14.

While we are sad that the Awake With Drake show is ending, we can take satisfaction from the knowledge that we have been able to continue Bill Drake’s legacy of service to the Spartanburg community for 16 months after he ended his 38-year career at the helm. Our sadness stems not only from the loss of Bill, but also from the knowledge that, with the termination of Awake With Drake, there is no longer any radio station or program that is exclusively devoted to serving the Spartanburg community’s need for news, information and public service announcements. Although we are hopeful that Battle of the Brains and The Bill Drake Christmas Music Festival will continue in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill’s widow, Judy Drake for her support, Craig Debolt for his devotion to keeping the show going, and my wife, Betty, without whose help and encouragement I could not have managed.

I would also like to thank you, our loyal listeners, for supporting the program for all these many years. Without your support, it would not have been possible.


Tom Herndon
Owner/General Mgr.