Two Legendary Atlanta Journalists Laid to Rest

By Hal Lamar | 10/14/2013, 6:17 p.m.
Two of Atlanta’s legendary African American journalists Portia Scott of The Atlanta Daily World and former radio/TV broadcaster Ron Sailor ...
Portia Scott, 70, died Oct. 2. Scott worked at the Atlanta Daily World in various positions for more than 40 years.

Later in the 1970s, Sailor returned to WAOK as a talk-show host on the station’s award winning “Comment 70” Monday-Thursday broadcast from 11p.m. to midnight and at the same time was called into the ministry and eventually to his first pastorates at in Rossville and Tallapoosa, Ga. During the Missing and Murdered Child cases between 1979-1981, Sailor arranged for a national talk show hook-up through the now defunct National Black Network and was hired by WSB-TV as a reporter and eventually did several commentaries for the station on those cases. They became so popular that Sailor was moved permanently to the spot, becoming the first African American to hold down such a slot during an evening prime-time newscast in the southeast.

Sailor eventually moved on to WXIA-TV where he covered the category 5 Hurricane Hugo in 1989 which hit Savannah, Ga. and large parts of the South Carolina coast.

While returning from the assignment, he drove by way of Dacula at the invitation of a friend to come by a small church there to preach. He returned to preach several times and was soon offered the position of pastor. The name of the church changed to Christ the King Baptist several years later and under Sailor’s guidance, built a new sanctuary, expanded the parking lot and constructed other buildings.

In the late 90s, Sailor returned to his radio roots, first at WAOK, then as owner of WIGO and finally as morning newscaster over KISS 104.7 ( now 104.1 ) before retiring from broadcasting in 2000.

Condolences from high school classmates, broadcast colleagues and the Atlanta church family are flowing in as they learned news of his demise.

“The Ron I knew was always full of fire,” said former WAOK colleague and top rated Atlanta announcer Duane Jones, now living in Birmingham, Ala. “ He came in like he owned the story he was reporting on. He was so personable. I understand he passed away while on his way to his church. He just extended that journey a little further.”