Known as the “Voice of St Augustine,” WFOY’s Frankie Collyer Walker was a pioneer for women in radio broadcasting. She was a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, Florida Association of Broadcasters, Radio/Television News Director Association, American Women in Radio and Television and Radio Broadcast Pioneers.
She was committed to her community and proud of St. Augustine and its history, having served as president of the League of Women Voters, charter president as well as secretary of Cross and Sword, Vice President of St Augustine Historical Society and Secretary of St Augustine Bicentennial Committee, St. Augustine Woman’s Club, Beta Sigma Phi charter president and a Sunday school teacher at the First United Methodist Church.
During her 43 years of radio broadcasting, she received many honors and awards for her service and dedication to the community including Woman of the Year, Sancho Panza Ward, Bronze Medallion of Merit, Serendipity Award and Distinguished Citizen Award.
After retirement, she began interviewing and taping oral histories of many of the descendants of St. Augustine’s original residents. Many of these are on file with the Historical Society. Her family and friends are honored to have had this wonderful woman in their lives…she touched us all with her grace and love.
Ms. Walker was a 1937 graduate of Ketterlinus High School.