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Whatever happened to WECT personality Wayne Jackson?

Merton Vance

Wayne Jackson retired from WECT in 1989 after about 35 years in the local radio and television business, but he’s still staying busy.

“I’m still around and I’m fairly healthy;” he said.

After leaving the television station, he worked for about eight years in the local office of U.S. Rep. Charlie Rose, helping constituents with questions and problems.

“We helped an awful lot of people,” Jackson recalls.

After that, he got involved with broadcasting UNCW Seahawk basketball games on the radio for about 14 years, and he’s still involved with UNCW sports, including a more recent venture to broadcast Seahawk women’s basketball games over the Internet.

Jackson has also been involved for years in the UNCW Adult Scholars Leadership Program, which organizes programs for older adults to learn about topics about the area.

“There’s always something going on,” he said.

Back in 2002, Jackson sat down for an oral history interview with researchers from UNCW. Here’s a link:


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2 Responses to “ Whatever happened to WECT personality Wayne Jackson?”

  1. On March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm Wayne wrote:

    Wayne Jackson was elected to the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, in its first year (2006), along with Coach Leon Brogden, Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, the incomparable Meadowlark Lemon and former NFL star Roman Gabriel.


  2. On March 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm Brad Farrow wrote:

    Just happened to run across this article. I worked at WECT Jun 61 to Jun 62 and knew Wayne well.
    I was on camera when the a/c crashed at ILM. I remember it like it happened yesterday.
    In reference to the battleship, we were on the dock to do a live show, however, the arrival was late and it began to get dark – we canceled. I climbed the WECT tower and took some pictures of the battleship coming up river, but I have no idea where they are.
    Thanks for the memories!

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