Almost every small news organization has a person who is the local connection. The local connection knows most everyone in the community…knows the stories behind the stories…or knows the people to call to find out. That person at WCHK in Canton was Byron Dobbs,
a young man from nearby Reinhardt College. Mike McDougald and Bob Peterson hired their local connection before signing-on in 1957. Byron worked in the office primarily behind the scenes at first. But after Bob and Mike sold their interests in WCHK, Byron managed it for owner Chuck McClure. Byron’s duties included announcing, sales and the continuation of his role as the local connection. Byron left WCHK several years ago to become the co-owner of Elliay-Jasper’s WLJA. Only last year, his peers elected Byron to the Georgia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.