It may have been a few years ago, but when a few graduates of the Lenoir Community College Broadcasting Program came back to campus recently it seemed like they had never left.
The 1983 and 1984 graduates gathered at LCC where the former campus radio station used to be located to reminisce and share stories of their college days and where they are now.
Jonathan Lee of Raleigh spearheaded the group by contacting many fellow graduates through Facebook. “This is our 28th year reunion,” he said. “A few of us have been getting together in the past few years to have lunch, but this year we decided to have something more formal. We’ve been planning this for the past four months.”
Former instructor Robert Snowden of Naples, FL was unable to attend, but Lee said the group hopes he will be able to join them in the future.
Lee was joined by fellow grads Robert Graham Krofchick of Greenville, Rick Carley of Raleigh, Daryl Boyette of Brazil, Mark Storie of New Bern, Paul Ladd of Nashville, TN, Ricky Barwick of Mt. Olive and Edwards Hawkins of Kinston. Retired LCC instructors Charles Taylor who taught the students history and Louis Eargle who taught them music appreciation also joined the group along with LCC President Dr. Brantley Briley and LCC Director of Institutional Advancement Jeanne Kennedy.
After graduation, the new broadcasters took to their craft and were known by their “on air” names – Krofchick was Robert Graham, Carley was Kris Richards, Boyette was Nick Castle, Storie was Smoke, Ladd was Paul, Barwick was Rick Moore, Hawkins was Ed, and Lee was Jonathan Lee except for his last day on the air when he announced he was Marvin Gardens.
The graduates have created an online version of the former radio station – K91online.com complete with “DJ”s.
After lunch catered by Kings, the graduates toured their old stomping grounds. The group hopes to expand by reaching more graduates of the Broadcasting program.
For more information about LCC alumni, contact Kennedy at 233-2812.