Bulloch County native and noted storyteller Mike McDougald will be the keynote speaker at the 40th annual meeting of the Bulloch County Historical Society on Monday.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church.
The society will present a “sneak preview” of its entry in the popular “Eagle Nation on Parade” series. The society’s eagle tells part of the story of Bulloch County as interpreted by Statesboro artist Scott Foxx through folk-art portrayals of many noted Bulloch Countians. The eagle will be permanently displayed at the Statesboro Regional Library at the corner of East Grady Avenue and South Main Street.
McDougald, a veteran Georgia broadcaster, began his radio career in Statesboro shortly after Alfred Dorman put Bulloch County’s first radio station on the air in 1946. When he entered Emory University in Atlanta in 1948, he began working at WSB radio and the new WSB-TV. McDougald built the first station in Canton in 1957. He later owned stations in Columbus; Gadsden, Ala.; Rome, Ga.; and Danville, Va. He is currently building an FM translator station in Rome, where he has lived for many years.
He served as a special agent in the Counter-Intelligence Corps during the Korean War. He writes occasional stories and essays for the Rome News-Tribune as well as the magazine Georgia Backroads.
McDougald is in his eighth year as the chairman of Georgia Public Broadcasting, operator of nine television stations and 17 radio stations across Georgia.
The society will elect officers and directors for 2013-14 as well as hear updates on many of the society’s projects and activities.