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Broadcast pioneer dies at the age of 89

Published On: Jan 27 2014 04:47:18 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 05:02:33 PM CST
01-27-14 Hanes Lancaster Jr WJHL Founder

Photo courtesy of WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A pioneer in the Tri-Cities' broadcasting history has passed away.

Hanes Lancaster, Jr. died Monday morning at his home. 

Lancaster and his father, Hanes, Sr., put WJHL television on the air in 1953. Those familiar with the station say Hanes Lancaster, Jr. convinced his father, at the time a radio station owner, that television was the wave of the future.

It's been just over 60 years since the station signed on. 

Hanes Lancaster, Jr. was 89 years old.