Randy was literally born into broadcasting. His father Jimmy Swan held a contest on WFOR radio in Hattiesburg in 1947 to name his newborn son. More than six thousand postcards and letters were submitted and finally after two weeks, Randy was named James Randolph after a mother from Seminary submitted her son's name, who was killed in World War II. ( the state department of Health was quite concerned Randy didn't have a name for the first two weeks.)
Randy began his broadcasting career at the age of three talking on the radio while sitting on his father's lap. He became a full-time radio broadcaster at the age of fifteen while working his way through high school and college. He was introduced to television in the late 1950's singing on McCaffrey's Showtime, his father's music show on WDAM.
Randy graduated from Hattiesburg high school in 1965 and from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1970. After years in radio, Randy began in television career in 1976 as morning anchor and reporter for WDAM. He was named news director and main anchor in 1982. His career includes covering the overthrow of the Nicaraguan government in 1979 where he spent a week covering rebel forces… to every major hurricane and natural disaster since Camille in 1969 (radio).
The highlight of his career undoubtedly was leading the news team during its coverage of hurricane Katrina. Randy has spent his entire television career at WDAM, except for a five year stay in the early 1990's as station manager, news director and anchor for WABG in Greenville, Ms. Randy was elected to the Mississippi Associated Press Hall of Fame in 2006. He is married to Millie Ivey, a former Miss Southern, and has four children…Kyle, Kevin, Ivey, and Zoey. They are members of First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg.
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