Austin Rigsbee

Austin Rigsbee (born 1928-04-04) was a prominent radio personality and country music promoter in the 1960s, 1970s, & 1980s. He first signed on at WTIK Radio in Durham, North Carolina, in the late 1950s. He would later leave WTIK and join WKBQ, an up and coming radio station in Raleigh, NC. It was at WKBQ where he would meet Edward "Pop" Atsinger Sr. After continued success as a radio personality, Austin was confronted by Keith Fowler, a well known promoter in the country music world. Fowler took interest in Austin's charisma and extraordinary ability to keep a crowd entertained, so he offered Austin a partnership. Austin and Fowler would then go on to bring country music and pop concerts to central North Carolina. Austin would go on to befriend stars such as Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, and many other country music legends. With extreme success, the concerts would continue until the early 1980's. In 1982, Austin accepted a co-ownership of WRBX, a country station out of Chapel Hill, NC. After selling his share of WRBX in 1986, Austin would return to WTIK to finish out his career in radio. He retired from WTIK in 1994.

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