Rick Upshaw, Oral History

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Rick Upshaw, Oral History


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Rick Upshaw remembers his early career at Birmingham radio stations in the late 1960’s. Discusses simulcasting between WJLD and WENN radio.


Bob Friedman
Rick Upshaw


Birmingham Black Radio Museum


Jeff Hirschy
Emily Bibb






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Bob Friedman


Rick Upshaw


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Bob Friedman: but it never dawned on us because I mean Lewis was doing the Mayor’s Report every week….

Rick Upshaw: uh huh

Bob: I mean Lewis White’s voice is very well known in Birmingham….

Rick: Oh yeah, yeah

Bob: And so umm, every little inflection every little bit of it uh was like Lewis so that’s why.

Rick: Yeah, because see, I was there when Lew..see we used to simulcast….

Bob: Right…

Rick: With W-E-N-N, with WENN in Birmingham.

Bob: How did he simulcast with WENN?

Rick: Oh very simple. You had a furniture store there that was, ah, I’m trying to think of the name of that thing. They had, we had the same…..

Bob: Mr King?

Rick: Huh?

Bob: King Credit

Rick: No, it wasn’t King Credit, wasn’t Easy Credit, I remember that one but no, this was a furniture store. Ummm…..over there…..(Inaudible)


Rick: There was this furniture store. And what it was..they..there was a religious, it was on every Sunday morning. If you go back, if you can find those logs. It was this same program, every Sunday morning. I think it came on at 8 o’clock. What we would do is the program would run and then at the same preset time we would cut the program, I would read there commercial, at the same time over at WENN the exact same commercial was being read by another announcer.

Bob: uh huh

Rick: And I could hear him on my headset and he could hear me on his and we always finished up at the same time if not one would slow down and wait for the other then we would go back to the broadcast.

Bob: So, you both, you both stations…..

Rick: Sokol…something like that

Bob: Both stations had eh people at the store?

Rick: No, no

Bob: No….

Rick: We were in the studio.

Bob: Ok

Rick: And the program came live from somewhere….

Bob: Eh hmmm

Rick: I think it was remote but at 10 after the hour we would both stop. The program would stop. We had the cues there….

Bob: Right

Rick: And I would read the commercial and he would read the same commercial.

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Bob Friedman and Rick Upshaw, “Rick Upshaw, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed May 21, 2018, http://thebbrm.org/document/7.

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