HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) - What’s in a name? Plenty if you’ve been in business in Huntsville for almost seven decades. Huntsville Radio Service, Incorporated, cut a ribbon at its corporate office this afternoon on Clinton Avenue. The company is adding a new division and will also be known as Bizcomm. Another reason for incorporating the Bizcomm name, some people think Huntsville Radio is a radio station. Believe it or not, they often get calls from people asking to request a song. The event was to celebrate the company’s continued success, customers, partners and the new division. But, one thing that won’t change is the company’s history.
Beverly Boylan points to a corner of an office and says, “That was some of the first radios that NASA had.” An old ad from a 1947 telephone book hangs on the wall. Huntsville Radio’s phone number was 462. She then picks up an old two way radio and says, “They always called them the brick because they were so big and they’ve gotten smaller and smaller.”
The offices of Bizcomm - Huntsville Radio are like opening a time capsule of Tennessee Valley communication history. Sig Loeb opened Huntsville Radio Service in 1946. Sig and his brother repaired A.M. radios in the back of what was a record store on Randolph Avenue in downtown. But, what started as a repair service grew into something much bigger. “Exactly,” says Boylan. "He did great. He was a great businessman, very personable.”
Beverly Boylan is Sig’s daughter. A photo of her mom and dad with Beverly cradled in her father’s arm hangs proudly on the wall. It was made about the same time he started his business. Sig Loeb sold to and installed radios for more police and fire departments across the Tennessee Valley than you can count. As a young woman, Beverly loved being around the shop with her dad. He let her mail out the bills, tidy things up and organize.
“Yeah, I cleaned and stuffed envelopes. And here I am,” she said laughing. I asked if her dad paid her for that. “Oh yeah, but not much,” she responded. But growing up, there was one thing she didn’t like about the radio business. Beverly admits, “I didn’t like talking on the radio. I thought it sounded funny. I thought I didn’t sound right. I would have not made a good dispatcher.”
She became a teacher, a career that eventually prepared her for taking over her father’s business. She explains it this way, “They have their own company with all their little employees. They have somebody else’s budget and somebody else’s business plan and they do amazing things with it. Teachers are amazing.” Beverly had good training before she ever walked into the building.
When she retired from teaching, she went back to work for her dad. He passed away in 2001 and left the business to his family. Her brothers were ready to retire. But she admits, “I wasn’t. I wasn’t ready to let go.” Beverly took over the company and became president and CEO. She’s proud of where they’ve been and where they’re going. Bizcomm will keep the radio services but is adding wifi services, secure communications and in-building services for businesses across the valley.
The back of Beverly Boylan’s business card simply states “A woman-owned small business.” She’s taken her dad’s business and with the help of her brother-in-law and employees is taking it to new heights. With a smile she says, “I hope he’s proud.”