From studio motorcycling to industry recycling, public relations has long been a major catalyst for Georgia growth

Jutting precariously from the roof of the old Biltmore Hotel on West Peachtree, twin radio antennae erected in 1922 and doggedly surviving into the 1990's serve as a quaint and poignant reminder of the early years of public rela­tions in the state of Georgia.

Before revealing the connection between Georgia public relations and those two relic structures that look more like miniature oil field derricks than modern-day radio station towers, let's set the historic scene to see how the profession of public relations has emerged.

Dating to the Great Depression, industry and business hired publicity men and press agents, most having moved into these roles after stints as newspaper reporters. These publicists essentially wrote the prologue to the profession of public relations.

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This time 20 years ago in PRSA Georgia history. . .

A retrospective on the Georgia chapter's key role when Atlanta hosted the 1988 Democratic National Convention written by PRSA Georgia member Judith Webb, APR.

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