CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Robert Raiford, a North Carolina radio personality whose career spanned decades, has died at age 89.

Jay Wilkinson, funeral director and vice president at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord, said Raiford died Friday.

For 30 years, Raiford served as the so-called “curmudgeon at large” on the “John Boy and Billy Big Show,” a program originating in Charlotte and syndicated to 57 stations nationally.

Raiford’s career began in 1944 at age 17 in his hometown of Concord. In the early 1950s, he was working for WBT-AM in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Observer reports Raiford was at WTOP in Washington in 1963 when CBS used him as a reporter describing the funeral cortege of President John F. Kennedy.

In keeping with his wishes, Wilkinson said Raiford was cremated without a ceremony.

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