CITIZEN OF THE MONTH – SELECTED BY MAYOR STEVE LITTLE: Mayor Steve Little selected the Citizen of the Month for April:
Mayor Little stated that it was his privilege to present Ms. Annette Bryant as the Citizen of the Month for April 2017.
Mayor Little reported that Ms. Bryant was born in Marion General Hospital on James Drive, which is now the Evelyn Apartments, and attended Glenwood Elementary School from the 1st through 4th Grade. Ms. Bryant’s family then moved to Charlotte and she attended Charlotte City Schools through High School. Ms. Bryant married Jason Bryant. They moved 19 times over a 15 year period and then moved back to McDowell County to put down roots back home.
Mayor Little advised that Ms. Bryant attended McDowell Tech for one year before attending a radio broadcasting class, which got her hooked on radio. Ms. Bryant began work for WBRM Radio on June 30, 1976, the day of a tragic fire at the Marion Minimum Security Prison involving a great loss of life. On that day, Ms. Bryant fielded many calls from news outlets throughout North Carolina regarding the fire. Ms. Bryant worked in sales at WBRM from the beginning and still does. Ms. Bryant became Manager of WBRM in 1978, the same year that the station moved to its current location on North Garden Street. Mayor Little reported that Ms. Bryant purchased WBRM in 1988 and remains the only female sole owner of a radio station in North Carolina.
Mayor Little stated that, over the years, Ms. Bryant has been involved on numerous boards and organizations, including being a charter member of the Marion Business Association and serving on its Board of Directors for about 25 years, the Marion Rotary Club, serving as President, Assistant District Governor and as a long time Board Member, the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees, the McDowell Hospital Board of Directors, the Friends of Lake James Board of Directors, as the first President of the McDowell Tourism Development Authority and many others. For 27 years, Ms. Bryant has emceed the Little Miss McDowell Pageant.
Mayor Little said Ms. Bryant’s hobbies include photography and travelling. She is the mother of four and grandmother of five.
Mayor Little said that, when Bob Hunter resigned from the North Carolina House of Representatives to service on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Ms. Bryant was selected to fill the unexpired term and served with distinction.
Council Members, City staff and friends all shared kind words about Ms. Bryant and congratulated her on being selected as Citizen of the Month.