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Mailbag: The Lucky 13

WSTA’s Addie Ottley hangs up his mic

The plaque outside WSTA noting the station’s role during and after Hurricane Hugo (click to embiggen)

Jeff Hugabonne forwarded this picture of the plaque outside WSTA(AM) in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As the plaque notes, “The Lucky 13” was the only station to remain on the air in the wake of Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

Jeff was reminded of the plaque by the announcement yesterday (Jan. 31) that Addie Ottley was retiring from his six-days-a-week post as host of the “Addie Morning Show.” Ottley announced last November, on his 80th birthday, that he was beginning his “semi-retirement” and stepping down as president and CEO of Ottley Communications Corp., which operates WSTA.

“If you read the inscription and really take a moment to unpack it, I think it can give you a feel for Addie’s sense of dedication and what this radio station represents to many of the residents in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Jeff wrote.

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