Saying Goodbye to a Greensboro Radio Legend:Dave Compton GONE from Greensboro’s WPET AM 950 and from Entercom Communications after 42 years/2 months/2 days(That’s quite a ride)

Dave Compton, GONE from WPET radio station AM 950 as of 11:20am last Thursday morning, as Entercom Communications made key radio job cuts in the wake of the Coronavirus/COVID-19…

Dave Compton, GONE, and his radio voice silent in the Greensboro market after 42 years, 2 months and 2 days…

Like we said up top in the headline, that is some kind of ride….Forty-two years at the same radio station, with the same format and in the same city/market…That’s got to be close to some kind of record…

We just had a question and answer session on here last week with Curt Bloom, the radio play-by-play man for the Birmingham Barons, the Double A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and Curt has been broadcasting the Barons, there in the same town of Birmingham, Alabama for 29 years, and I thought that was a LONG time and it is, but for Dave Compton to be doing it for 42 years at the same station, in the same town, that is Hall of Fame material right there….

Dave ran the radio station as pretty much a one-man staff, and he had been going at it that way for many years and Dave Compton mastered the Southern Gospel music format on WPET, and if there is one of those Southern Gospel Hall of Fames, and I think there probably is, Dave Compton needs to be in that Hall of Fame

Under Dave Compton’s leadership, WPET also carried many sports programs over the years with Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball, UNCG Basketball, Greensboro Generals Hockey, East Carolina Football, Appalachian State University Football, local High School Football and Basketball and others…..There was a time when WPET carried sports call-in shows and coaches shows, as well….

Dave helped popularize the WPET’s Tradio Show, which was a staple of the radio station for many years….

Dave Compton had a lot of help on the side over at WPET over the years, and many of his co-broadcasters have now gone on to that BIG radio station in the sky…We remember Arvin Wynn, Ray Jones, Don Davis, Andy Johnson, Jimmy Fulmer, Alan Tipton, Miss J., Ms. Dusty, Jim Scott, Wes Jones, Willie Edwards, Jeff Cushman, Bill Payne, and there were probably others, but the name that stands out, when you look over the Top of the Door at the WPET radio station, AM 950/”The Old Southern Gospel Lighthouse”, the name you see standing out there in BIG bright friendly letters is, Dave Compton….

Dave Compton, after 42 years, 2 months and 2 days, Dave is Done and Dave Compton is GONE…Not dead, thank God, but his voice has gone silent….

Thank-you Dave Compton for a job well-done and for bringing the Greensboro community a ray of hope, with Dave Compton’s Gospel Sunshine Radio Show for all of those years(42 years, 2 months and 2 days)…..

As one of the better radio spokespersons from over the years used to say, and that was AJ(outstanding female voice from 98.7 Simon/The Zone/The Point)…

AJ would say, “You are listening to the Saturday Night Edition of the Gospel Sunshine Radio Show with Dave Compton”….

And we might add this in for AJ today:Dave Compton, a Greensboro Radio Hall of Famer and a job well beyond, WELL DONE!!!!!