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Dennis L. McCurdy Papers, 1977-1979, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mel Frizzell

Collection Overview

Title: Dennis L. McCurdy Papers, 1977-1979, undated

ID: 00/MG 42

Primary Creator: McCurdy, Dennis L.

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 11/12/1979

Subjects: Carter, Jimmy, 1924-, Cooke, John Warren, 1915-, Dalton, John N., Ford, Gerald R.,1913-2006, Hayakawa, S. I. (Samuel Ichiyé), 1906-1992, Howell, Henry E. (Henry Evans), 1920-1997, Miller, Andrew P. (Andrew Pickens), 1932-, Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994, Phillips, George Conoly, Reagan, Ronald, Robb, Charles S., Robertson, Pat, United States--Politics and government--20th century, Virginia--Politics and government, Virginia. General Assembly, Whitehurst, G. William

Languages: English


Dennis McCurdy was a radio news broadcaster for WPMH News and Public Affairs. Contains reel to reel audiotapes of interviews, speeches, and events regarding politics.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

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).

Subject/Index Terms

Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Cooke, John Warren, 1915-
Dalton, John N.
Ford, Gerald R.,1913-2006
Hayakawa, S. I. (Samuel Ichiyé), 1906-1992
Howell, Henry E. (Henry Evans), 1920-1997
Miller, Andrew P. (Andrew Pickens), 1932-
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Phillips, George Conoly
Reagan, Ronald
Robb, Charles S.
Robertson, Pat
United States--Politics and government--20th century
Virginia--Politics and government
Virginia. General Assembly
Whitehurst, G. William

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: One Hollinger document case

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Dennis L. McCurdy

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A79-56

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Dennis L. McCurdy Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Item:

[Item 1: Tape 517 - Andrew Miller, undated],
[Item 2: Tapes 529 and 532 - General Assembly, 1979],
[Item 3: Tape 533 - Election Returns, John Dalton, 1978],
[Item 4: Tape 537 - Dalton Interview, 1979 February 10],
[Item 5: Tape 546 - Nixon's Checkers Speech, undated],
[Item 6: Tape 555 - Carter at JJ Dinner, 1979],
[Item 7: Tape 557 - Kemp at Virginia Republican Convention, Dalton, Reagan, undated],
[Item 8: Tape 568 - Powell, undated],
[Item 9: Tape 569 - Davis, undated],
[Item 10: Tape 570 - Coleman, undated],
[Item 11: Tape 576 - G. William Whitehurst, 1979 August 27],
[Item 12: Tape 580 - Gerald Ford, William & Mary, undated],
[Item 13: Tape 79-9 - Perspective: President Ford in Norfolk, Campaign, 1978],
[Item 14: Tape 80-1 - S.I. Hayakawa, undated],
[Item 15: Tape 80-6 - Henry Howell, Perspective, 1979],
[Item 16: Henry Howell - Election Night, 11/8/77; June 1978 Democratic Convention, 1977-1978],

Item 10: Tape 570 - Coleman, undated

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