Ben Alexander, Oral History

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Title

Ben Alexander, Oral History

Subject

Broadcast History
WEDR
Lora Gary
Celebrities

Description

Ben Alexander discusses the history of WEDR

Creator

Bob Friedman
Ben Alexander

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

April 01, 1997

Contributor

Bob Friedman
Emily Bibb
Hannah Moore

Format

.wav

Language

English

Identifier

BA_OralHistory

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Transcription

Bob Friedman- We had a woman who came in with a copy of the Birmingham Weekly Review, which was a large size, it was like a Birmingham News, Atlanta Constitution Sized Newspaper.

Ben Alexander- Oh yes.

BF- Black Republican looking Newspaper and had, it had whole spread on WBCO she didn’t even know that her mother, she she was at BCO in 1952 her name was Lora Gary.

BA- Oh.

BF- Became Lora.. actually she was Lora walker and then joined our staff in ‘54 or ’55 and changed her name, got married. But any way, her mother had saved this thing and had laminated it. It was all yellow but she..

BA- Oh.

BF- But she had laminated it so it lived through the years.

BA- Yeah.

BF- And it’s just extraordinary to read, you know, the Dominoes came down to visit and all. It’s like..

BA- Yeah. Yeah.

BF- Great , great stuff. Great stuff.

BA- Yeah, we, we we interviewed uh you know Jackie Robinson, uh uh what’s… I was just thinking about him the other day because there’s uh this other guy that who’s name I’m trying to think about now, but because there’s a play starting here in Virginia about him. Um Louis Jordan.

BF- Unhuh.

BA- And uh, we interviewed him, there were uh you know, Count Basie, Lucky Millinder was a band leader that came there, uh Duke Ellington. They all came and paid a visit to WEDR, whenever they were in town. All, all of the performers came in.

BF- Do you remember anything distinctive about that year besides the bombing of the, well they blew up tower or the transmitter?

BA- It was the transmitter.

BF- Unhuh.
BA- Not the transmitter.. no sorry the tower. Tower.

BF- tower came down. Yeah. Yeah.

BA- But after that I think things sort of cooled down and..

BF- well supposedly in 1958 or so uh somebody had scrawled KKK on the walls of WEDR. And there was a picture of another jock named Shelley Stewart, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of him.

BA- Yeah that was after my time. Yeah.

Duration

2 minutes

Files

BenAlexander-2min.wav

Citation

Bob Friedman and Ben Alexander, “Ben Alexander, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed August 22, 2017, http://thebbrm.org/document/16.

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