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About our Director

On the air for 27 years, our Director, Mr. Bob Friedman, has been the driving force in the BBRM's development, initiating 95% of the oral history and on-air interviews that comprise the audio collection; gathering all ephemera and photographs; initiating and maintaining all partnerships (UA-School of Library and Information Studies, UAB History Dept., Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Carver Theatre/Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame); supervising eight years-worth of college student intern transcribers; and principal grant writer and fund raiser. His research in 2003-4 regarding high school foot soldiers in the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Movement led to various Birmingham residents being involved in the 2005 Academy Award winning documentary “Mighty Times-The Children March.”

His contributions are noted in the text, “Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South” by Dr. Brian Ward (2004, Univ of Florida Press). He has presented at the University of Alabama, UAB, University of North Alabama and Birmingham Southern College, as well as to library audiences around the Birmingham metropolitan area. He is considered an expert by colleagues on the history of Black radio in Birmingham and was awarded a Jefferson Award in 2008 by the Jefferson County Historical Commission. He is a charter member of the NMAAHC and a member of the Alabama Museum Association (AMA).

Bob can be reached at either bob@thebbrm.org or directly at (205) 902-9487