Greene County

Radio voice retiring after 61 years

Radio legend to retire after 61 years

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Maxine Humphries' voice is a staple to residents in Greene County, and she announced Tuesday that she's leaving the radio business.

"Good afternoon, I'm Maxine Humphries for Doughty-Stevens," Maxine says before her radio news show.

Every day at 12:30 p.m. for the past 61 years, Maxine Humphries delivered news on WGRV to Greene County. But that time will soon come to a close. "I just know that it's time," Humphries says.

Humphries announced Tuesday that she's leaving the radio business. She considered retiring twice before, but this time, it's for real. "The third time's a charm," she says.

Over the years, she's become a part of the lives and deaths of her audience when reading birth announcements and obituaries.

Her music director, Nathan Humbard, says "The world stops at 12:30 to listen."

"It will be very different for sure," he says. "Not only for me, but for the rest of the staff and for all of Greene County who are used to listening to her every day."

Elizabeth Hagood-Johnson, the evening radio host, agrees. "There will be a void here that will never be filled when Maxine leaves. We're going to miss her terribly."

Hagood-Johnson will be replacing Maxine at 12:30 p.m. "I'll keep her format exactly as she has all these years, and I don't have any ideas of changing a thing. I want to keep it exactly the way Maxine has done it," she said.

Humphries says her official last day on the radio will be June 17. That day, during her regular show, Greene County will hear her sign-off for the final time.

There will be a reception at the radio station to honor Maxine on June 16. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. WGRV is on Arnold Road in Greeneville.

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