Former WSB-AM news director Aubrey Morris passed away at age 88

April 13, 2010, by Rodney Ho

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Former WSB-AM news director Aubrey Morris has passed away after a bout with cancer. He was 88.

Morris worked at WSB from 1957 and 1987. "I got to spend time with him on and off over the years," said Scott Slade, morning host at WSB-AM who has worked there since 1984. "He was the reporter's reporter. He always got the story. He wasn't just a raspy voice. He always had way to ask the right five-word question that could elicit a response."

He was the only reporter to accompany Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen in 1962 after the Orly Airport plane crash which killed many of the city’s cultural leaders.

Here’s his brief bio from the site:

n 1957, WSB program director Elmo Ellis wanted to add a news department to the station. He hired Aubrey away from the Atlanta Journal, and thus was born, Atlanta's first radio newsman. Morris retired in 1987 and is known as the man who brought newspaper to radio in Atlanta. Aubrey was the first recipient of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame's Elmo Ellis Spirit Award in 2008 and is an 2008 inductee into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

Audio archives of Morris relating stories from his past on WSB-AM are available here.