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Marge Thrasher
 
Marge Thrasher
1934-2012
 
Marge Thrasher was perhaps one of the most recognized women in Memphis from about 1970 until her death March 17, 2012. Her voice was recognizable to many even before then.

Marge Thrasher became a public figure when she joined the worlds first all-girl radio station, WHER, in Memphis in 1960. Seven years later she expanded her role on the station with a listener call in show, said to be the first such format in Memphis radio. It worked so well, Memphis television station WHBQ-TV hired her to do a morning interview and call in program on Channel 13. The show was called "Straight Talk," She continued in the role of morning show host for nearly 20 years.

"'She could have been the white Oprah Winfrey,' said her friend, radio personality George Klein. 'She was offered a talk show in Washington (D.C.) and that would have led to New York, but she didn't want to leave Memphis.'" (The Commercial Appeal)

After television, Marge Thrasher had a career in Memphis real estate and her picture appeared in advertisements for her business.

It is reported she had a long illness before she died at age 78.

[Full disclosure: the writer of this page worked with Marge Thrasher directly 1973-1974 as producer of a 15 minute newscast in which she and news director Don Stevens anchored as the opening segment of her morning program and indirectly as producer of other WHBQ-TV news programs through 1976.]


This video frame capture of Marge Thrasher is believed to be from her Straight Talk program.