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Woodrow “Woodie” Assaf Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M512

Scope and Contents

The materials held within the collection document Woodrow “Woodie” Assaf’s career in radio and television, as well as his charitable work for local organizations. The materials include correspondence, scripts, sheet music, programs from various events emceed by Assaf, news clippings, photographs, broadsides, and memorabilia.

Items of note are several community cookbooks produced for WLBT-TV.

Dates

  • 1931-1999

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Woodrow “Woodie” Assaf was born in McComb, Mississippi, on March 15, 1917. He attended Louisiana State University, and began his career at WSKB in McComb in 1937. Assaf then elected to leave WSKB and attend Columbia Radio College in Chicago. Assaf served in the United States Army during World War II, and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After discharge, Assaf worked in broadcasting at WQBC in Vicksburg, then WJDX in Jackson. On December 20, 1953, WLBT-TV went on the air, with Assaf as the weathercaster. He delivered the weather for 56 years with WLBT-TV, retiring as the longest-running weathercaster in the United States.

Assaf was active within the community. He organized telethons and benefits, including bringing Danny Thomas to Jackson to raise money to build St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, and Bob Hope to a fundraiser that raised more than $2.5 million in the wake of Hurricane Camille. Assaf was given the honor of carrying the Olympic torch in 1996, representing WLBT-TV.

Extent

.9 Cubic Feet : MC2/D18

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Materials that document the life and career of radio and television personality, Woodie Assaf.

Arrangement

The arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. Within the folders, materials are arranged chronologically.

Provenance

Materials donated by Mr. Woodie Assaf in 2005.

Processing Information

Original photograph in Box 2, Folder 9, copied and original discarded, due to extensive damage.
Title
Woodrow “Woodie” Assaf Papers
Author
Lynn Cowles
Date
May, 2018
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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