Back in the early 70’s, Muhammad Ali trained here in Atlanta. Well one day he decided to drop by the studios of WAOK. I was on the air at the time, and our program director, Burke Johnson, came in and told me that Muhammad Ali wanted to do an interview with me.
I was shocked and delighted at the same time. Muhammad Ali walked into the studio with an entourage like you’ve never seen. Not only was he with a large group of supporters, but the entire WAOK staff wanted to get a glimpse of the camp as well.
He walked into the WAOK Studio throwing punches at me and smiling at the same time. I was saying, “is this really happening, me with Muhammad Ali?” During the interview, I think I was only able to ask two questions. He took over the interview completely with how he was the greatest of all time, and that no one could beat him. He even had more radio rhymes than I did.
At the end of the interview, I had the pleasure of shaking his hand and we took a picture together with him holding his fist to my face.
Even though he was loud and boisterous during the interview, when it ended and the microphones were turned off, I found him to be kind and most gentle man. I will always treasure my interview with Muhammad Ali as one of my most memorable moments in radio. His legacy as the “Greatest of All Time” will live on for generations to come. Rest in heaven my friend.