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Dale Rose Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA (90* d) RE: Coffee Drinking Nighthawk - WWVA 01 Oct 00

You're welcome, Ebbie, thought some of you might like to hear it. The XERF that I mentioned WAS Del Rio ~~ that was their mailing address, though the station was actually in Mexico. Their power was 10 or more times greater than the 50,000 watts allowed in the United States. They always said you could listen to the station without a radio! ~~ pleasant memories.

Found this on the net, dated 1997 ~~ note the address for Thelma Moore at the end.

Farewell: Lee Moore

By Bill Knowlton

Lee Moore, for 25 years the "Coffee Drinking Nighthawk" on WWVA, Wheeling, West Virginia, and its "WWVA Jamboree," died peacefully after a long struggle with cancer, on August 17th. The long-time all-night deejay who was heard on clear channel radio throughout the eastern USA and eastern Canada was literally an educator in old-time country and bluegrass for all of us in the 50s and 60s; a radio icon who introduced us to Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and the Stanley Brothers . . .

After his retirement from WWVA, Lee moved to eastern New York, living with wife Thelma near Albany and continuing a heavy schedule of personal appearances. Apparently his last public performance was May 31st for the Adirondack Bluegrass League in Galway NY. I was honored to be asked to introduce him.

Lee Moore was an idol to me and many others of the Northeast who eventually became deeply involved with bluegrass music, including the late Bill Vernon. On my dresser is a framed photo of Lee at one of my Bluegrass Ramble Festivals. Standing next to him, with an arm around his shoulder, is Bill Vernon.

(Thelma Moore is at P.O. Box 134, Wynantskill, NY 12198.)

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