Looking Back at the Past   Leave a comment

I worked as a Master Control Operator at WUBI-TV, Baxley, Georgia, from October 1996 to June 1998.  WUBI was a UHF station affiliated with the WB when I began to work there.  The owner switched to UPN during my tenure.  Today the station is WGSA, Savannah, a CW affiliate.  Things change.

I did my job of putting programming, advertisements, and public service announcements on the air well and with pride.  Yet this position, like so much else in life, had a proper season.  I knew by the Spring of 1998 that I would have to leave the Baxley area in June, so I tendered my two months’ notice, out of maximum courtesy for my employers.  I thanked them for everything, assured them that I would be on the job until the last minute, and offered to help train my replacement.

I did not foresee that the owners would sell the station less than two weeks before my announced departure date.  The new owners were gracious enough to let me stay on for a few days, however.

Last weekend my parents and I were back in Baxley briefly, for my niece was getting married.  (It was a glorious wedding!)  The hotel was walking distance from the former television station building.  So I walked there.  The site has been abandoned for almost thirteen years, and I had not looked upon the structure for almost twelve years and eleven months.  The grass was tall, one satellite dish was gone, and the old WUBI sign was still there, bearing years’ worth of rust.  Yet I can still recall the internal arrangement of the building.

I felt odd standing in front of my old workplace.  Yet I knew that it was properly in my past.  The future beckons, and I look forward to it.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 18, 2011 COMMON ERA

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