Jefferson Award Winner Herb Bailey: Georgetown Steelers

    Eighty-one-year-old Herb Bailey is this month's Jefferson Award winner. (Matt Barbour/WPDE)

    Eighty-one-year-old Herb Bailey is certainly known for his career in broadcasting, getting his start as a radio show host as a marine at Guantanamo Bay in the 1950s.

    "We were very successful. We had, maybe a dozen calls, asking us to take that trash off the air," said Herb, with a laugh.

    He went on to work in radio in Georgetown, and was a TV news anchor in Florence and Charleston.

    He was also the voice for local baseball and football games.

    But ask him about his greatest accomplishment.

    "I've always wanted to coach football," said Bailey.

    While working at Georgetown Steel in public relations, he helped start up the 'Steelers' rec football team.

    "We'd have a friendly contest and we'd win some and they'd win some. We had a wonderful time," he said.

    On the day we interviewed Mr. Bailey, he sat and reminisced with former player Randolph Walker about all the games played at Mike Johnson field.

    "The way he treated me today, is how he treated me when he first met me," said former player, Randolph Walker.

    Bailey brought the community together, he said.

    "We were at a time when color was very prevalent," said Bailey.

    He took the Steelers on the road for bowl games.

    "And as we're riding this bus, and I was on the bus, we were looking out the window seeing what America looked like," said former player, Hoke Shuler.

    Bailey gave them opportunities they may have never had.

    "And I loved them all. They were all good kids," said Bailey.

    "He means the world to me," said Walker.

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