ROCKINGHAM — Local officials from throughout Richmond County, as well as many from the community, were on hand Tuesday as the G104.3 WJSG-FM radio station celebrated its 24th birthday as the county’s first and only commercial FM radio station.
Mayors from Rockingham, Hamlet and Norman, as well as Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly, Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters and Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. showed up to wish the gospel station a happy birthday.
G104, which aired its first broadcast on Aug. 25, 1991, is owned and operated by Sherrell Jackson of the Jackson Broadcasting Company. The station was originally run by Sherrel and her husband, J.J. Jackson. J.J. passed away on Feb. 19, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
“First of all, I’d like to thank God for his many blessings,” said Sherrell Jackson. “I’d also like to thank the great G104 staff, our wonderful advertisers and all the devoted listeners for their prayers and support for the last 24 years but especially during the sickness and death of my husband J.J.”
Catering from Fatz Café fed the roughly 30 in attendance, and birthday cake and balloons gave the station a festive feel. Everyone who attended was asked to step into the booth and record a happy birthday greeting for the station to use in the coming days.
— Matt Harrelson