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Radio host remembered for voice
When Clinton Pearson of St. Simons Island first started in radio in 1959 at WGIG in Brunswick, Jack Lenz was a household name.

Lenz, also of St. Simons Island, died Saturday. He was 83.

Lenz will be best remembered for his signature program, Trader Jack, a flea-market style show set up for real people to call in and hawk their wares or trade services.

Many tried to follow Lenz and lead the show after he left, but it was never the same. None was the original Trader Jack, Pearson said.

Lenz retired to the area after spending many years at different radio stations, from Lyons to Augusta to Atlanta.

Pearson said he was fortunate to call Lenz a friend and also a family member. Pearson's wife and Lenz were cousins.

Joe Sousa of WAVE 104.1 radio station remembers working at a radio station in Augusta, the first stomping grounds of Lenz.

"When I worked there, people still talked about Jack Lenz. Everybody knew Trader Jack," Sousa said. "When I did the program, people would call up with the craziest things - they would have chickens to sell, and you could hear the chickens in the background.

"It was reality radio before all these reality programs existed. It was an innovative way to get people involved in live radio back in the day, and Jack Lenz made it an art and gave us all something to shoot for."

Pearson said the voice of Lenz will carry on in the halls of his church, St. William Catholic Church on St. Simons Island.

"He had such a beautiful voice, and people at St. William always tell me how much they enjoyed hearing him on the radio," Pearson said.

"He'll be missed, and as my wife says, he was a very good man."

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. William Catholic Church on St. Simons Island. Burial will be in Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.



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