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The Papers of Dennis L. McCurdy

Biographical Sketch

Dennis McCurdy attended the University of North Carolina, Greensboro where he received his Bachelor of Science from Joseph M. Bryan School of Business. He is either from or lived in Reidsville, NC.

McCurdy was an adjunct instructor at Tidewater Community College-Chesapeake, around 2000. He was a social studies teacher in Norfolk for 18 years. He first got into radio as president of the Education Association when he approached WPMH about getting a program on the air where he stayed for four years. Later he hosted the "Saturday Night Dance Party" on WGH. He joined WFOS in 1983, taking over as program director the same year. He was also a radio instructor for WFOS AM/Chesapeake Public Schools.

WFOS first aired in 1955 in the Oscar F. Smith High School, and covers national news via the Mutual Broadcasting System, city government, weather, and high school sports. The station stays on air 365 days a year from 6am to midnight.

Notes: WPMH News is now a Christian music station (1010 AM, Portsmouth).

Scope and Contents

This collection contains reel-to-reel audiotapes of interviews, speeches, and events regarding politics. Included are speeches and interviews of Henry Howell, Andrew Pickens Miller, G. Conoly Phillips, Pat Robertson, Chuck Robb, and Gerald R. Ford. Two tapes of note are a press conference of United States Senator S.I. Hayakawa from California in which he discusses the energy crisis of the late 1970s and the SALT Treaty, and a press conference of Ronald Reagan in Roanoke, Virginia during his campaign for the Presidency in 1979.


Gift from Dennis L. McCurdy, November 12, 1979.


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


One Hollinger document case.

Collection Number

MG 42

Container Lister

Tape 517- Andrew Miller
Tapes 529 & 532-1979 General Assembly
Tape 533-1978 election returns, John Dalton
Tape 537-Dalton Interview, 2/10/79
Tape 546-Nixon's Checkers Speech
Tape 555-Carter at JJ-Day Dinner, 1979
Tape 557-Kemp at Virginia Republican Convention, Dalton, Reagan
Tape 568- Powell
Tape 569-Davis
Tape 570-Coleman
Tape 576-G. William Whitehurst, 8/27/79
Tape 580-Gerald Ford, William & Mary, 10/10/79
Tape 79-9-Perspective: President Ford in Norfolk, Campaign 1978
Tape 80-1- S.I. Hayakawa
Tape 80-6-Henry Howell, Perspective 79'
Tapes -Henry Howell-Election Night 11/8/77; June 1978 Democratic Convention (includes interview with Chuck Robb, and speeches by Howell, Pat Robertson, John Warren Cooke, Conoly Phillips)

Revised 12/4/07