WJLS celebrating 80 years on West Virginia radio

Raleigh County
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A local radio station is celebrating 80 years of being on the airwaves this week. 

WJLS is holding a reunion party Tuesday, March 5, for former employees, clients, and community members that helped shape the radio station into what it is today.

The station was first created in 1939 by Joe L. Smith, which is where the call letters “WJLS” originated from.

Eighty years later, station workers reflected on what it means for WJLS to continue to be successful in today’s world.

“It just proves that local radio today still means a lot of the same thing as it did in 1939” said Keith Thompson. “People still want to know what’s going on in the community.”

The 80th anniversary party takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at their office in uptown Beckley.

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