Harrisburg gospel radio icon dies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Longtime Harrisburg radio announcer George ‘Toby’ Young, Jr. passed away Wednesday morning, according to his family. He was 83.

Born in 1933, Young moved with his family from Alabama to Harrisburg in 1941 and attended William Penn High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the newly formed gospel radio program “Echoes of Glory” which he appeared on continuously for more than 50 years.

CT Hailey hosts “Echoes of Glory”

“In a humble manner, he did it with flair,” says CT Hailey, Young’s nephew and current host of Echoes of Glory on 1460AM in Harrisburg. “He could reach people. He knew that there were people listening out there every Sunday who were going through difficult times like a death in the family or a child in prison. He let them know it was okay to go on with their day. He was my uncle, but he became my mentor.”

Throughout his career, Young brought many nationally touring gospel and jazz artists to the Harrisburg area, including a sold-out concert by James Brown at the Zembo Shrine in 1959.

Young with James Brown in 1959

Young earned a master’s degree in human services from Lincoln University and once served as director of the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission. He was a member of Baptist Fellowship Church in Harrisburg.

Young was a stroke and cancer survivor and battled dementia toward the end of his life. He is survived by three daughters.

A special edition of Echoes of Glory dedicated to Young will air this Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. on WTKT 1460AM.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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