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Ron Sailor, Sr. Former Talk Show Host At WAOK Dies

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ATLANTA (WAOK)-Bishop W. Ron Sailor, Sr., Pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church and former journalist for CBS Radio – WAOK 1380, passed away yesterday October 6, 2013.  He was 61.  Sailor, Sr., a native of Buford, Georgia is survived by his wife, the Rev. Dr. Marion Sailor, and their 4 sons and 2 daughters.

As a journalist and commentator for television, radio, and newspaper, Sailor has been awarded the highest accolades and awards of his profession. A seven-time EMMY award winner for his outstanding performance in television as well as being named Outstanding Commentator in the Southeastern United States three-times, Bishop Sailor was the first African-American to serve as commentator for the evening news for a major southern television station on WSB-TV and also the first African-American to host an afternoon television program in Atlanta, when he hosted the “Backtalk” program on WXIA-Television.

Bishop W. Ron Sailor, Sr., worked for CBS Radio – WAOK 1380 in 1971 and again in 2002 when WAOK switched to a News Talk broadcast format.  At the WAOK 2012 Truthy Awards and Radio Legends Ball, Sailor thanked other radio legends for giving him his radio education.  “I stand on the shoulders of a lot of people like Ben Haley, Gene Michaels, Zilla Mays, even Jivemaster, Ezmond Patterson, Harrison Smith and Brother Bob McKee who were gracious enough to pass the torch on to me when I was 18 years old,” Sailor said.

Once Bishop Sailor left broadcast and journalism, he began pastoring Christ The King Baptist Church in Dacula, Georgia with his wife Rev. Dr. Marion Sailor. He was most recently consecrated to the Office of Bishop by Bishop Paul S. Morton.

A memorial service will be held on Friday evening at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Larry Tinsley and Monica Pearson will co-host.

The funeral service will take place Saturday at Christ the King Church in Dacula at 11 a.m.

Written by Sherman H. Smith Jr.

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