30 June 2011
Legendary old-time fiddler Benton Flippen has passed.
The legendary status Flippen rose to as a musician mirrored the evolution of WPAQ, an AM radio station in Mount Airy dedicated to the old-time format.
He held the distinction of performing at the station for its first broadcast on Feb. 2, 1948 as a member of the Green Valley Boys, although he was most known for his work with Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys.
“Then in April of 2007, he was here again when we started streaming over the Internet,” station owner Kelly Epperson said of a development that allowed the entire world access to local old-time sounds.
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The Hammock Papers featured Flippen's art here.