Marge Thrasher, media pioneer, dear friend and radio godmother, died on August 17, 2012, in Memphis, TN. Marge was one of the women at the heart of WHER: The First All Girl Radio Station in the Nation started by Sam Phillips in 1955, Memphis. Her show Open Mike, was one of the first radio call-in programs of its kind, and certainly the first hosted by a woman. She was an inspiration — curious, smart, bold, feisty. She was a fantastic teller and had a great way with people. She, and the other WHER “girls,” paved the way for so many of us. We will miss her greatly and think of her often.
Take a listen to WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, a story we produced in 1999 as part of the Lost & Found Sound series on NPR. Click on the comment marks to hear Marge’s stories.