Wayne Jackson Collection
Scope and Contents
The bulk of the collection relates to three historical events. First, the collection includes information on the telecast of the first Southeastern North Carolina Junior Basketball Tournament held at Brogden Hall, the gymnasium at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, which highlight the background of and preparation for WECT’s first telecast of a Wilmington College men’s basketball team game. Secondly, the collection documents a celebratory dinner for the Wilmington College baseball team after it won the Junior College Baseball National Championship in 1965. Finally, it documents the first commencement exercises of Wilmington College as a senior college in 1965.
Other articles in the collection include a rate card, television programs log, correspondence, and copies of photographs about WECT television. The photographs in particular provide visual context for the people, activities, and events associated with local television broadcasting.
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Biographical / Historical
Jackson however made his mark as a pioneer sports broadcaster. He highlighted Wilmington College and local high school athletics as well as Little League baseball in surrounding counties. During his years at WECT he also interviewed sports icons such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and Joe Lewis, as well as celebrities such Michael J. Fox and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
Upon retiring from WECT, Jackson worked as a game analyst for the UNCW affiliated Seahawks Sports Network, broadcasting games on the radio and over the internet for about 14 years.
.2 Linear Feet (Contains 1 document box)
- Baseball -- North Carolina -- Wilmington -- History
- Basketball -- Tournaments -- United States
- Commencement ceremonies
- Jackson, Wayne Robert
- Randall, William M. (William Madison), 1899-1984
- Television stations -- North Carolina -- Wilmington -- History
- University of North Carolina, Wilmington -- History -- Sources
- Wilmington College -- History -- Sources
- Wayne Jackson Collection
- Special Collections Staff
- 2021 August 18
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