The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame announced that John Holliman, former WSB Radio newsman will be honored as a 2013 Legacy inductee.
John Holliman was born in 1948 in Atlanta and grew up in Thomaston, Georgia. He attended R.E. Lee Grammar School and R.E. Lee Institute. His radio career began at age 14, broadcasting Little League baseball games for WTGA radio in Thomaston and eventually became a high school DJ at the station. While attending the University of Georgia, he worked at WGAU and WRFC as a newsman. After earning his Journalism degree at UGA, his first job after college was at WSB Radio in Atlanta. John then moved to Washington, D.C. and did reporting and news for the Metromedia Radio Network on WASH-FM.
From 1974 until 1980, he served as the agricultural editor for The Associated Press Radio Network. While at AP, he received a Peabody Award for a documentary.
In 1980, he went to work at CNN as Agricultural Editor. Holliman at CNN and also served as a reporter and anchorman. He was promoted to White House Correspondent and worked as CNN’s NASA reporter, covering space shuttle missions. On January 16, 1991, John, along with Peter Arnett and Bernard Shaw gave the first live report from the middle of an airstrike on CNN during the Persian Gulf War. The report would not have been successfully broadcasted if John hadn’t figured out how to hook up a camera battery to the four wire box, allowing electricity to reach the box. CNN was the only network able to give a live report on that night; a report that was shared by all of the other networks.
John died in an automobile accident in 1998 and Eleanor Helin of NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory named an asteroid after John. The name of the asteroid is Asteroid 6711 Holliman. It continues to travel through space as does the memory of John Holliman.
The 2013 Legacy inductees include: Palmyra Braswell, George Crumbley, Jimmy Dunaway, Al Evans, Jr., Don Kordecki, Royal Marshall, Leonard Postero, and Annie Lee Small. Other Honorees include: James “Alley Pat” Patrick -The 2013 Founders and Directors Award and Jim Woodruff, Jr. - The 2013 Elmo Ellis Spirit Award.
The candidates for 2013 Career Achievement Induction will be announced May 1, 2013; member voting begins June 1, 2013, and the names of the inductees chosen by the membership will be revealed at the event. Ticket and accommodations information is available on the organizations web site, www.grhof.com. For more information: Contact John Long at 912-552-1944 or email@example.com