The definition of a matriarch is a woman who dominated as family, group or state.
With a dazzling career in radio from 1960-2019 Nelle Reagan was known as the matriarch of mass media. She was a pioneer in the broadcast industry where she influenced and served as a mentor to other women
Her service in radio continued until her cancer diagnosis in December2019. Unfortunately, we lost Nelle to this disease on February 7, 2020.
Prior to her death and for many years Nelle was very active in this community>
-Georgia Radio Hall of Fame 2013
– 1961 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Associated Press
– Adult Leadership Award Rome Floyd Commission and Children and Youth
-Public Affairs Coordinator for Rome Radio Partners where she used her show Talk
of the Town to be the community voice. She publicized and never missed an opportunity to
promote and event or fundraising activity.
-Advisory Board for Blood Assurance
-Free Clinic of Rome Tomato Sandwich Supper. Her strawberry cake in Silent Auction-$500.0 – Advocate for Floyd Against Drugs
-Served for 20 years as Chair of the Bob Richards Youth Detention Center
-Grand Marshall Rome Christmas Parade 2012
-Keep Rome/Floyd Beautiful
-Board of Visitors for Shorter College
-Rome Symphony Orchestra Auxiliary
-Past President Rome Civitan Club
– West Rome United Methodist Church

Nominated by John Druckenmiller and others. “Nelle Reagan was unparalled in her service to Rome and Floyd County. Our community has been fortunate to be touched by her love, selflessness and the voice of many.”


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