The last of the original WHOP staffers is dead, with Leo Wilson passing away Sunday in Bowling Green, where his daughter Molly lived and he and his wife Mary had lived in recent months.
Leo came to work at WHOP in late 1939 and liked to tell the story about how bitterly cold it was when the station took to the airwaves January, 8th 1940.
He had only recently returned from the west coast where he had earned a first class radio operator's license, and expected to have to move away from his family in his native Trigg County until the Lackey brothers obtained a license to put WHOP on the air.
He was immediately hired, but it wasn't long before he joined the millions of other Americans who joined together to fight the Japanese and German aggression in World War Two.
Leo’s technical expertise was put to use by the U.S. Navy and he was recalled to service during the Korean War, but in between and after Korea he was a mainstay at WHOP through the 40', 50's, 60's, and into the 70's, though he also operated a radio and TV repair service and put the radio service on the air for the Land Between the Lakes recreation area.
While Leo’s technical skills were much in demand, he was also a skilled announcer, and worked the ''Early Bird Show'' with the late Colonel Dink Embry and also hosted a popular birthday program, which attracted volumes of mail each week.
He is also well-remembered by older residents of the Pennyrile for his play-by-play of high school sports and his work with the Hoptown Hoppers of the Kitty League.
Leo passed along much of that information during our extended broadcast in 2010 when WHOP AM celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Leo Wilson died at the age of 92 Sunday in Bowling Green, though his broadcast legacy is carried on by his little brother Willie, who also had a notable career as an announcer and play-by-play man in the Pennyrile and west Tennessee.
Hopkinsville Police are looking for a suspect believed to be the man responsible for a murder on East 17th Street Sunday afternoon.
Lieutenant Michael Felts says police are looking for 28-year old T’Marcus Hall, who is a black male standing about 6-5 and weighing around 280 pounds. Hall allegedly stabbed a woman identified as Autumn Rollings multiple times, with her body found at 208 East 17th, Apartment 2 just after 5pm. Police say Hall is the father of the victim's child.
Hall is believed to be in a 2006 Dodge Charger with Kentucky tags 060 LLM. Officers believe Bell has fled the city, but do not know to where. Anyone knowing Hall’s whereabouts should call 911 immediately.
photo provided by Cadiz Police
A two-vehicle wreck in Cadiz Sunday morning injured two and sent one person to a Nashville hospital.
The incident happened around 11:35, according to Cadiz Police, who say 74-year old Greta Harralson of Shine Lane, Cadiz turned left off Main Street onto U.S. 68-80 and into the path of a vehicle driven by 54-year old Paul McKenzie of Madisonville.
The two vehicles collided in the intersection, with Ms. Harralson and her two passengers—12-year old Cole Harralson and 12-year old McCord Carr of Cadiz—taken by ambulance to Trigg County Hospital.
Ms. Harralson sustained head injuries that required her to be transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. McKenzie and his passenger went uninjured.
The wreck partially blocked 68 for about 35 minutes. Cadiz Police were assisted on the scene by the Trigg County Rescue Squad and Trigg County EMS.
photos by Adam May
The driver of a pickup injured in a fatal wreck in Todd County yesterday is recovering at a Nashville hospital.
The incident happened around 8:20am on U.S. 68-80 at the Tress Shop Road intersection, also known as Kentucky Highway 475.
State Police say 78-year old Hershel Word of Hopkinsville was driving a mini-van and was turning off Tress Shop onto 68 and pulled into the path of an eastbound pickup driven by 34-year old Thomas Bowles of Bowling Green. Bowles was unable to avoid a wreck and hit the van in the driver’s side, rolling it on to its side.
Two ambulances from Todd County and two from Christian took the patients to Jennie Stuart Medical Center, though Word would succumb to his injuries at the hospital. Bowles and his two passengers—18-year old Brittany Peay and 3-year old Tiffany Hill of Bowling Green—were also taken to Jennie Stuart. Bowles would later be transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is in stable condition.