Joe Pinner awarded for Lifetime Achievement

It was a night to recognize the business community.

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on Wednesday at West Columbia’s Holiday Inn and Suites.

The highlight of the night included one of the most recognizable faces in the Midlands.


Joe Pinner (center) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber on Wednesday, presented by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and his son, chamber CEO Gregg Pinner. (Photo by Terry Ward)

Joe Pinner, who moved to Cayce in 1963 and has been a TV personality at WIS-TV for 53 years, received the chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pinner emcees youth concerts of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra and he is the Voice of AGAPE for Senior Citizens, South Carolina.

In 1967, Pinner received the national George Foster Peabody award for his work on The Knozit Show. He also has been honored by multiple state organizations. His work is also prolific in the Cayce-West Columbia community.

“He is always available to help out,” said Gregg Pinner, Joe’s son and president and CEO of the chamber. “He’s very involved in all of the things we do.”

Pinner has emceed the chamber’s annual awards dinner for 15 of 16 years. He presides over the West Columbia Tree Lighting ceremony annually, and he is a regular at other events around town, including the Rhythm on the River concerts in the spring and fall, and the annual Parade of Lights in December.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson presented the award and called Pinner a “living legend” who is known by everyone.

Last year, Earle Williams, age 101, a former West Columbia mayor, received the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


In all, more than 250 members of the business, industrial, and civic communities came out for the party, which featured a superhero theme, with appearances by Batman, Superman, and other comic book characters.