Broadcast pioneer dies at the age of 89

POSTED: 5:47 PM Jan 27 2014   UPDATED: 6:02 PM Jan 27 2014
01-27-14 Hanes Lancaster Jr WJHL Founder
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A pioneer in the Tri-Cities' broadcasting history has passed away.

Hanes Lancaster, Jr. died Monday morning at his home. 

Lancaster and his father, Hanes, Sr., put WJHL television on the air in 1953. Those familiar with the station say Hanes Lancaster, Jr. convinced his father, at the time a radio station owner, that television was the wave of the future.

It's been just over 60 years since the station signed on. 

Hanes Lancaster, Jr. was 89 years old.