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Bulger's Beat: Hometown radio still in style in Dickson

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Turn on the radio in any big city and you may discover the local feel of listening has been lost. But as your car moves away from the city, why not tune in and see what's happening in the town you're driving by?

Since the 1950s, two things have been guaranteed in the town of Dickson - the Ragan family at the Friendly Neighbor Store and a friendly voice talking on the radio.

Retired from Nashville's music scene, these days Dale Turner is pushing the buttons and playing what he likes at WDKN 1260 AM.

"I was known as everybody's little Blue Jean Buddy, Dale Turner," he said.

Lifelong Dickson resident Chris Norman delivers the news, while Ashley Brown delivers the goods. Her show 'Swap and Shop' is a bulletin board for small-town commerce.

"Hey, good morning. I got a full rick of firewood that I just need to get rid of," one caller said.

The caller lights come on when her show comes on.

"They stay busy. We hardly ever get pauses, hardly ever," Brown said.

The community concept has long left many stations in the big cities, but it's still part of the daily life in Dickson.

"We're a very small town, but very inclusive of our county and everything that goes on around it," Turner said.

Fewer and fewer radio stations even take requests these days, but they do at WDKN. They try to keep the rules to a minimum and might even play a Madonna song before rolling into one by Hank Snow.

Since 1955, the hometown station is still in style on the AM dial.

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