Distinguished Lecturer

Department of Communication



Rhubarb JonesRhubarb Jones was the longest running morning radio personality in the Atlanta radio market. His 23 year hubtenure at Y-106.7 and later Eagle 106.7 began in February 1985 and ended on the last day of February 2008. His 23 years in morning radio is an Atlanta radio milestone. His radio career spanned over 36 years. In addition to teaching, He is now serving as a director of special events in the Office of Development at Kennesaw State University.

Winner of the Wallace B. Dunlap Radio Award recognizing excellence in fundraising from the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (only the 4th person in the history of the organization to be awarded the honor)

2008 Presented the Mass Communications Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of West Georgia
2007 Inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame
Named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
Appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
Nominated for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award
2006 Appointed to the Board of Visitors of Shorter College
2005 Winner of the Wallace B. Dunlap Radio Award recognizing excellence in fundraising from the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (only the 4th person in the history of the organization to be awarded the honor)
2003 Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the March of Dimes.
Winner of the Cobb County Man of the Year Award
2001 Inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
2000 National recipient of the Ken McGredie Award from the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Winner of the America's Best.Com Radio Personality of the Year in the Atlanta
radio market. Voted "One of Country Music Radio's 100 Most Influential Personalities" by Radio and Records Magazine

Rhubarb Jones was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in his beloved hometown of Tallapoosa, Georgia. He is a graduate of Tallapoosa High School, Southern Union State Junior College in Wadley, Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Georgia College in Carrollton. In junior college he was President of the Student Government Association and editor of the campus newspaper. At West Georgia he was a contributor for the "West Georgian" newspaper.
In 2006 Rhubarb earned his Master of Arts degree from Shorter College and was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honors Society for leadership in business and administration.

Rhubarb worked at W L W I in Montgomery where he did afternoon drive and served as program and music director. He also worked at W S K Y in Asheville where he had the same duties. Upon graduation from West Georgia he worked at W C L S in Columbus, Georgia where he was influenced by Scott Shannon who was a W C L S alum. Jones worked his way through West Georgia College at W W C C in Bremen near his hometown of Tallapoosa.

Rhubarb's broadcast inspirations include the legendary John R. of W L A C in Nashville who taught Rhubarb to never look at radio as a job but as an opportunity to help others. Nashville also produced to more radio heroes for Jones, Ralph Emery and Charlie Douglas of W S M had a big influence on Rhubarb to keep a passion for his profession. Joe Rumore of W V O K in Birmingham was another influence on Rhubarb as a lad. Joe Rumore made his audience feel like "family". Jones embraced that philosophy early in his career. Atlanta's W Q X I's Gary McKee was perhaps the biggest influence on Jones to enter broadcasting instead of the study for a law degree. W Q X I produced "Skinny Bobby" Harper who Rhubarb listened to in high school and proudly became friends with while Harper was at W S B.

Rhubarb's humanitarian accomplishments and charity projects include his annual "Rhubarb Jones March Across Georgia" for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that has happened every June since 1990. The event along with the annual Rhubarb Jones Celebrity Golf Classic have raised close to $4,000,000 for the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Rhubarb was also the creator of the "Country Cares for St. Jude's Kids" along with Randy Owen of hall of fame group "Alabama" and St. Jude Children's Hospital founder Danny Thomas. Jones has also served as co-host since the early 1990's for the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Rhubarb has been married to Donna since 1999 and has two daughters, Presley Frances born June 30, 2002 and Callie Reeves born in October 19, 2004. Jones also has two grown sons, McCoie and David and has two grandsons and two granddaughters that he adores.

Jones has served on the Board of Trustees of his beloved alma mater the University of West Georgia. He has served on the board of the Department of Technical and Adult Education for the State of Georgia since 1998 and has served as vice chairman of the organization. Jones has also served on the Board of Governors of the Atlanta Chapter of NARAS. He is a board emeritus of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Rhubarb Jones also a past host for the Georgia Music Awards from 1993 until 2005. Rhubarb is also a member of the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta, the Paulding County Shrine Club, the Atlanta Valley of the Scottish Rite, and Bartlett Lodge No. 139 F & AM.