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Well-Known Local Broadcaster Dies At 84

A well-known local broadcaster has died.

Vassie Balkcum of Goldsboro died Thursday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

Balkcum was an North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Past President and Hall of Fame member.

He was perhaps best known for his work at WGBR-WEQR in Goldsboro. Balkcum began his career as an announcer. According to the NCAB, he then became program director and general manager in the 1950s, eventually becoming president of the former Eastern Carolina Broadcasting company. Balkcum was very active in the Goldsboro community.

His colleagues call Balkcum a “great local broadcaster” and say “he understood what serving the public really meant.”

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 East Chestnut Street, Goldsboro, with Rev. Jim Harry officiating. A private entombment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at their residence.

Funeral Services are being handled by Seymour Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc of Goldsboro.


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