Gallery WPAQ pioneers gather at the Historic Earle Theatre in April 2014 to celebrate the anniversary of Ralph’s 93rd birthday. Ralph Epperson proudly stands on the front steps of his dream – radio station WPAQ 740AM in Mount Airy, NC. Jordan celebrates his thirtieth birthday with Beth and other friends who came out in support of his documentary.. “Broadcast’s” producer Beth Crookham and director Jordan Nance have a special bond of friendship. The initial meeting of two men with a dream – Ralph Epperson and Jordan Nance. Ralph’s siblings Roy, Stuart, and Mary Lee tell Jordan stories of growing up in Ararat, VA. Ralph’s son Kelly Epperson along with WPAQ radio hold special places in Jordan’s heart. Jordan shares with UNC-TV’s Shannon Vickery his dream of broadcasting the documentary. What an honor for Jordan to meet actor and director Ron “Opie” Howard and share a copy of “Broadcast: A Man and His Dream”. Ralph keeps an eye on the equipment during one of many remote radio broadcasts for WPAQ over the years. An excited director shares “Broadcast” for the first time with IBMA attendees in September 2013. A passion for traditional music has taken Jordan to many bluegrass festivals over the years. Jordan’s love of the Andy Griffith Show brought him to Mount Airy where he met George “Goober” Lindsey and heard WPAQ for the first time. Images of WPAQ’s past grace the cover of the DVD cover of “Broadcast: A Man and His Dream”. Director Jordan Nance prepares to interview WPAQ founder Ralph Epperson in April 2006. Beth and Jordan review the script before capturing some still shots from the station for the documentary. Jordan’s interview with Ralph for his documentary proved to be his last visit with his good friend. What a treat – songs and stories from legendary fiddler Benton Flippen and WPAQ pioneer Wade Macey. It’s a wrap! Jordan’s crew poses with Ralph and Earlene Epperson after the historic interview. Jordan’s initial meeting with Beth took place in 2005 at Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC. Ralph shares memories and stories with his Blue Ridge Spotlight listeners shortly before his death. Many musicians including the Mayo River Boys walked through the doors of WPAQ. Jordan had the privilege to screen Broadcast at Wilmington, NC’s Thalian Hall in November 2013. Jordan’s special friendship with Fred “Mister” Rogers produced a pictorial documentary of his life. Jordan and Beth worked many long hours in developing the script for the documentary. Ralph Epperson’s beloved WPAQ went on the air on February 2, 1948 in Mount Airy, NC. The live music of the Merry Go Round show was broadcast from the Pick Theatre in Mount Airy every Saturday in the early 1950s. For more photos visit our Facebook page.