Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A JUDGE OF MUSIC, TOO; Former Glynn Judge's Early Years as Radio DJ Are Still with Him

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A JUDGE OF MUSIC, TOO; Former Glynn Judge's Early Years as Radio DJ Are Still with Him

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Byline: Mike Morrison

Clint Pearson has been a lawyer and a judge in Glynn County.

But for all the stories he has heard in the courtroom, it's what came off the turntable and the tape deck that has brought him the most memorable times.

Pearson, 71, worked as a disc jockey during the 1950s and 1960s when radio was still in a golden age. It was then that he discovered his passion for the songs he spun on the heavy metal turntables.

"I was just interested in working in radio when I started out," he said. "I liked the creative elements of the job, but then I learned to love the music."

On the air, he was known as Pinky Pearson, the Bashful Bachelor.

Working for Brunswick AM stations WMOG and later WGIG, he played the hits in a format of music referred to as easy listening. Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Tony Bennett sang the songs that he loved, and he loved to play.

"Stick around," he'd tell his audience when he came on the air. "Maybe you'll hear something you like, or like something you'll hear."

Pearson maintains a law office downtown, but it might as well be a warehouse for a music collection he describes as "vast."

Shelves and cases are loaded with compact discs, spilling over onto tables and desks.

"This is just a small part of my collection," he said, estimating the CDs on hand numbered in the thousands. "I don't really know how many I have."

He keeps an extensive record collection - LPs, 45s and 78s - at home, and also has a sizable stock of cassette tapes.

But he's not a record collector per se.

"I collect songs," he said.

He may not know how many CDs he has, but he knows what songs are on them, his long-time secretary, Dottie Brinson, said, nodding her head toward the stacks.

"He knows where everything is in there," she said. "I certainly don't. I don't know how he keeps up with it. He loves his music and he always has something nice playing in here."

It's soothing to his clients, who often come in with troubled minds, Pearson said. …

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