He started working at WCRK in Morristown in 1958 and we still going strong 56 years later. Ed Dodson passed away Friday.
(WBIR-Morristown) The conference room at WCRK is named for its longest tenured employee: Ed Dodson.
"He was the voice and the heartbeat of Morristown and Hamblen County," Ed Arnold said.
He started work at the radio station in 1958 and has been on the air ever since.
"You can imagine how many generations of kids listened to us for snow reports, always wanted to hear Ed Dodson say there was no school," Arnold said.
Ed Dodson died Friday. Ed Arnold is the General Manager at WCRK and shared the morning drive shift with Dodson. He remembers his friend as gracious, generous, and humble.
"It is a void you cannot fill," he said.
Over the weekend listeners called in to share their memories. Business marquees shared condolences. The Shoney's restaurant even set up a memorial in the booth where he was a regular.
"How blessed I feel to know that my dad was loved by so many," Vicki Short said.
She is Ed's only child.
"Daddy never put on any airs. So to me he was just my dad. And to everyone else I was Ed Dodson's daughter," she said.
To his grandchildren and great grandchildren, he was "Pa Paw Radio.' To his broadcast audience, he was a radio icon. To his church family at Alpha Baptist, he was a man of faith.
"He loved everyone that he met. He tried to help everyone that was in any kind of need and he did it anonymously. Never wanted any glory for himself just glory to his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ," his daughter said.
Ed Arnold said, "He was a man who believed in God and knew where he was going. And was ready."
His voice is now silent, but his memory lives on.
Ed Dodson was 82.
The funeral was set for 8:00 Monday night at Alpha Baptist Church.