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For many years Charlie Stafford was the sales supervisor of the Fairmont Tobacco Market and functioned as a one-man chamber of commerce. Mr. Charlie is pictured above broadcasting from WFMO, the local AM radio station.

During tobacco season he had a radio show during the noon hour. He would open it something like this:

“Mr. and Mrs. Tobacco Grower, and all you little tobacco growers out there in tobacco land, the news is good! Fairmont — the Old Reliable — has had another outstanding sale on the Border Belt today.”

Mr. Charlie would then give some of the individual sales figures from that morning’s sale. At some point in his show, he would tell everyone what he wanted for dinner that day, and it was always a large, homemade country meal.

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