The nine Georgia Public Broadcasting television stations across the Peach State are to begin airing a profile of legendary Augusta entertainer Flo Carter beginning Monday.
Sharon Collins, executive producer of the series "Hometown Georgia," has emailed, "They have changed the programming a few times, but right now it is scheduled to air on Monday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 p.m."
Blonde-hair and western hat-wearing Collins, who also is executive producer of the popular series "Georgia Outdoors," added, "Can't wait until she sees it."
Collins brought her Emmy Award-winning film crew to Augusta last February to film segments with Carter on the stage of the Imperial Theatre and at her home in Beech Island, S.C.
Backing Carter for a performance specifically for the series was the Augusta-based rockabilly band King Cat and The Elders.
She appeared in 2010 at the Imperial as a guest star with Ed Turner and Number 9 for his annual Rock and Soul Revue singing the Carl Perkins' hit "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby."
The Local Legends exhibit on the second floor of the Augusta Museum of History features Carter as well as her close musical friends Brenda Lee, James Brown, The Lewis Family and the late Sharon Jones.
Carter became one of the first stars of WJBF television shortly after it went on the air in North Augusta in the early 1950s on the noon-time "Today in Dixie" program.
Her duet partner, "Jimmy" Nabors, later was to become Jim Nabors on "The Andy Griffith Show" and his own "Gomer Pyle USMC" series.
Carter, who hosted her own long-running TV gospel show on WJBF featuring her Sounds of Joy family band, was selected by Georgia state tourism officials to represent the Peach State for Georgia Day on The Mall in Washington, D.C. (performing for more than 100 members of Congress) and in Central Park in New York City.
Carter was honored by the Greater Arts Council as its Artist of the Year in 1997.
She has performed on stages with Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson and other stars and was a favorite entertainer of former Georgia U.S. Sen. Zell Miller and former South Carolina U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond.