Former West Virginia radio broadcaster and entertainer Richard "Dale" Brooks, originally from Buckhannon, has died at 80 in Orange City, Florida.

Locally, Brooks will be remembered as an owner of WVRC/WSPZ radio in Spencer.

Brooks was from a musical family and began playing guitar as a young boy with his brothers, who were taught by their father. He also learned to play the trumpet and eventually played 22 different instruments, as well as singing and writing songs.

He was inducted as a member of the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame.

After working as a tool and dye maker. among various other jobs, including working at Traders Bank in Spencer, he enjoyed his calling as broadcaster.

Brooks had a TV show "Big Boy Frolics" in the 1950s and worked at radio stations he co-owned for many years, also writing newspaper columns, authoring books and publishing words and music for many songs.

After leaving Spencer, he owned his last station, WLAB in St. Pauls, NC, until he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in May 1979. Becoming disabled, he sold the station and moved to Orange City, FL in 1982.

He continued to play music at many venues and in the early 80s, he purchased a mobile home park and managed it until 2008.

He more recently wrote a newspaper column "Ponderings" in the DeLand Beacon, sharing amusing stories about his days in his home town of Buckhannon.

Brooks will mostly be remembered for his zest for life and love of music and laughter.

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