2013 Legacy Inductee
1931 - 2010
Don Kordecki was born in Chicago. He came to Georgia in 1951 with the Air Force. He lived in Marietta and worked at WBIE for 2008 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Legacy inductee Jim Wilder. He moved to Cartersville in 1961 and put WKRW AM on the air. During his ownership of WKRW, Kordecki was named 1967 Georgia Broadcaster Citizen of the Year and in 1977 WKRW won the Best National News Story award from The Associated Press. Kordecki operated the station for 20 years and after selling it began serving the community full time. During his 50 years in the Bartow county community his many accomplishments and recognitions included being named Cartersville Jaycee Young Man of the Year, helping to create the Georgia Theatre Conference, and serving as president of the Cartersville Chamber of Commerce. In 1975 he and his wife, Ollene, created the Pumphouse Players and helped to change the Grand Theatre from a movie house to a performing arts venue. He served on the theatre panel of the Georgia Council for the Arts. He died in 2010.
Don posing with the WKRW van
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