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  • WTYN was a small AM radio station covering Tryon, North Carolina. WTYN was founded by Graves and Gertrude Taylor and Fanning Hearon, all of Tryon and Spartanburg, South Carolina. The station first went on the air in 1954, on 1550 kHz, broadcasting to the Tryon, Columbus, Landrum area. For the first 30 years Ace Rickenbacker was a well known fixture along with Fanning Hearon, and later on, Bill Dobbin. During the 50's and early 60's high school guys, among them Fred Taylor, Charlie Fishburne, Mike McGuinn, "Chip" Leonard and Johnny Lineberger livened things up on the weekends and provided broadcasts of church services and little league baseball games. In the late 60's and early 70's Les Hunt, Mike Leonard and Charlie Whitmire assisted on the air. WTYN mostly played variety, news, etc. In 1981 WTYN moved to a more hit oriented Top 40 format, bringing in Bill Prather from WHVL in Hendersonville as Operations Manager. Ace Rickenbacker was still the morning man. Others came in for the various shifts, like Chris Smart, Jay Nolan, Mark Pellatt, Dave Lyons, Chuck Finley, and Bob and James Henson.

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