MACON, Ga. — Ben Sandifer loves history and he's always stayed close to his broadcast roots.
"Celebrating the 100 years of WMAZ Radio, now known as NewsTalk940 WMAC," he said, talking into a broadcast microphone.
He spent 1977 through 1980 with WMAZ as a disc jockey and later went into sales.
When WMAZ hit the century mark on October 30, he was ready.
"It started as a radio broadcast back in 2000 and the station's 100th birthday was just too good to pass up -- that doesn't happen but once in a lifetime and doesn't happen to a lot of stations," he proudly said.
So now you can check out four different podcasts that chronicle life through the speakers back to 1922.
"The station actually started as a physics project on the campus of Mercer University," Sandifer recalled.
The many people you heard became like family.
"Of course, people remember 'Date with Del' that was on radio and television, Bill Powell, who was had a longtime radio career before he became a TV weatherman. Bill Tribble, who was news director for both radio and television," he said.
He hopes it's a trip down memory lane for some, and for others, a history lesson of sorts.
"To learn how, for a different generation, how things used to be. In the early days, everything was live -- there was no reel-to-reel tape," he explained.
Sandifer played records, used carts, then CDs, and now, it's not lost on him that the guy who is celebrating the past is using podcasts to deliver his message.
"It's kind of, in a way, what certain elements of radio have become now," he chuckled.