2012 Legacy Inductee

Bob Saggese

1916 - 2000

Born in Stamford Connecticut, Saggese met and married a Macon Georgia lady while stationed at Camp Wheeler in Macon. After returning from the war, he enrolled at Mercer and went to work at WMAZ Radio. Bob was hired as the first announcer on WIBB. H was recalled for active duty in WW2 and after his discharge given the task of organizing the then-nonexistent Radio Department of the Air Force Psychological Warfare School as the Officer in Charge of the Radio Department. He designed and supervised construction of a mock-up control room and three studios, broadcasting on a closed circuit for instructional purposes. He prepared and taught the Curriculum which included the History of Broadcast Radio, Microphone Technique, Radio Writing, Radio Acting, and the utilization of the medium of radio. He organized the radio station in only three weeks' time. In 1953 he returned to Macon and after a brief stint in television became program director at WRPB in Warner Robins. IN 1955 he went to work as Maconís first rock and roll dj and acquired the nickname, The Mouth of the South. Sagesse was at WBML for more than 16 years. He was also on the air and sales manager at WKOG in Gordon.  After working as morning man with WDEN in Macon, he fulfilled his lifelong wish of completing the college education he was unable to finish in his earlier years of job and family. At the age of sixty-five Bob went back to Mercer, attaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983, majoring in Journalism and, according to classmates, helping the teachers to teach the classes in Broadcasting. He passed away on June 1, 2000.

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