Legendary Atlanta Broadcaster Dead at 84

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thomas Wassell used to tell his sons about his days as an FBI agent, years before they were born. He handled espionage cases.

Initially, they didn’t believe it.

“It sounded like something out of a James Bond movie or something,” said son John Wassell of Tucker.

Yet from 1951 to 1960, Mr. Wassell was a special investigator assigned to Chicago and Miami. He met Barbara, his late wife of 46 years, in Miami. After they married, he returned to the profession he loved: Broadcasting.

In college, he had hosted college radio music programs. He paid his college tuition by working at WBRE radio in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

After the FBI stint, when he returned to broadcasting, his first post-college stop was as a producer and anchorman at WNEP-TV in Pittston, Pa. More…