museum moving

An old disc jockey station is among the many displays featured at the Georgia Radio Museum & Hall of Fame in St. Marys. The museum is moving to the Atlanta area at the end of March.

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ST. MARYS — The Georgia Radio Museum & Hall of Fame is moving from St. Marys to the Atlanta area.

John Long, the museum’s co-founder and manager, said the museum will close in St. Marys on March 31. It will reopen in Forest Park during Memorial Day weekend, he said.

“We just put the agreement together,” he said. “I have mixed emotions about it.”

Long said the decision to move was made after he and city officials were unable to reach an agreement for more space at the St. Marys Welcome Center downtown, where the museum is housed.

Long said he advertised in the Georgia Municipal Association’s website and got an “overwhelming” response.

“We eliminated those which did not fit our criteria then met with the remaining candidates,” he said. “Forest Park officials were the most proactive and worked very hard to be our ultimate choice.”

The move to the Atlanta area will enable Long to display the hundreds of radios, equipment, records and other memorabilia in storage because there is not enough room at the welcome center.

“We’re going to have to get more display cases when we move,” he said. “I am very pleased, indeed.”

Long, a former disc jockey, said he plans to move from St. Marys to the Atlanta area. But he will still remain involved with the annual Hello Summer festival over Memorial Day weekend he helped establish two years ago.

The festival, which will now be sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, will be combined with a fishing tournament normally held in early June to make an even larger event. Long said he agreed to serve as a volunteer consultant for Habitat.

The featured band for the festival is On the Border, an Eagles tribute band.