Limestone County Radio Show 'Sick Call' Marks 65 Years
Nestled on the westside of AL-127 just north of Athens Alabama is a radio station, WKAC 1080 AM, that is now the home of a show called "Sick Call" that has been filling the airwaves for 65 years now. Many of the citizens of Limestone County Alabama make the program part of their daily regiment, as it airs every day but Sunday, tuning into to listen about their fellow citizens, local businesses, and events.
This early-bird morning show kicks off...
... it's half-hour segment at 8:00AM, not only does this near daily moment of insights and check-in tie the community together but it also the ties one of Limestone County's own families, the Hudsons, to the very fabric into the heart of the community. The family been hosting "Sick Call" for generations. One of the beloved personalities of the show, Corey Hudson, could say his "Sick Call" career literally started on the knee of his grandfather as his grandmother anchored the show but he officially took the roll in 1999 joining Jay Hudson, his father, who has anchored since 1973.
The show that started in 1953 still gives air time to birthdays, anniversaries, upcoming events and other happy occasions. They also take time to share who's in the hospital, with written permission of course, and who has passed
recently and any burial arrangements too. Tucked in between these moments are conversations and old fashioned on-air read ads, that have - a time or two - come out with a twist and turn that sends anchors and listeners into laughs
and occasionally the ad's sponsor wondering what the attentive listener had heard and was asking for.
The show hasn't changed much but technology now allows for this show to be heard around the world with online streaming and radio apps. Corey's son is already learning the ropes of this community-driven mainstay and will help carry it on into the future. "Sick Call" was recently honored for its contributions by City of Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks with a Certificate of Appreciation and the Key to the City. "Sick Call" will hopefully continue to
endure the changes of time and technology to be a tie that binds the citizens of Limestone County Alabama and beyond together for many years to come.