Broadcasting pioneer Vernon Floyd passes away

Broadcasting pioneer Vernon Floyd passes away
An icon in the Hattiesburg area and in the broadcasting industry, Vernon C. Floyd passed away early Saturday morning.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An icon in the Hattiesburg area and in the broadcasting industry, Vernon C. Floyd passed away early Saturday morning.

A representative with the company Floyd founded, Circuit Broadcasting Company, confirmed Floyd’s death.

Floyd, a native of Mobile, AL, founded Mississippi’s first African-American owned and operated radio station in 1969. Nearly 50 years later, that radio station, WORV-AM, can still be heard over the airwaves in Hattiesburg.

According to representatives with Circuit Broadcasting Company, Floyd created WORV to cater to the black community in the Hattiesburg area.

Floyd, a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of Tuskegee Institute, will be remembered for being a mentor, a pioneer in the broadcasting industry and for his accomplishments in Mississippi.

Floyd is survived by two children. Friends and family are planning a memorial service in Floyd’s honor.

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