An Old Photo Brought Back Fun Memories of Early Days in Radio
I found an old photo that included memories of my early days in Lake Charles. Some of you may not know that when I first moved here, I programmed the former V107.5. The station had a format that is similar to my new station, Magic 92.1.
We had the Throwbacks before the term was popular, and I used to host a show called The Backyard Blues party. This is where I played blues and southern soul, and had the pleasure of interviewing artists like Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, and Marvin Sease, who are pictured here in this photo. Also in this photo is former businessman and entrepreneur, Lawrence "Gumbeaux" Morrow, friend and former coworker, Craig Ryan, who was the man in the community, and of course, the Midday Diva Gina Cook.
This was one of the nights when Marvin was in town doing a concert, and we were all excited about the night and came out to party. Unfortunately, we lost Lawrence Morrow in 2013. He was a true rebel and pillar of the community. He created his own newspaper that spotlighted the community and shed light on issues that weren't being covered by other media. In October, we lost Craig Ryan, another legend who was known by many in the community and was very good friend of mine. The last time I saw him was at a concert at the Golden Nugget, and he was still his same old safe. Marvin Sease passed away in 2011, but he left behind a legacy of music that could not be replaced. All of these figures played a rather key role in my life. Whether it was through conversation or words of wisdom, they affected me.
It's a joy when you run across old photos, because they bring back memories and take you back to that moment. I will miss all of these gentlemen but will cherish everything I took from them.