Ben Franklin, Oral History (part 01)

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Title

Ben Franklin, Oral History (part 01)

Description

Ben Franklin (b. March 12, 1919, Lees Vernon Parish, LA; d. May 10, 1998, Calera, AL) was a radio electronics engineer and eventually a station owner (WBYE in Calera) with a 60 year history in the field. He turned the transmitter of WJLD AM 1400 on for the first time in the spring of 1942 and shared a treasure trove of memories in over 5 hours of interviews. He passed in 1998 and Gary Richardson and Bob Friedman were pall bearers at his funeral.

Creator

Ben Franklin
Bob Friedman

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

November 03, 1993

Contributor

Joe Wright
Emily Bibb

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Language

English

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Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

Ben Franklin

Transcription

Transcript from audio snippet:

Bob: That’s one thing that I don’t really understand because when I grew up, when I remember FM coming in in the early ‘60s… but it was around in the late 40s!

Ben: It was late 40s yeah.

Bob: But nobody ever talked about FM. I can’t imagine what it was like… I mean somebody should write a book about the first 10 years of FM…

Ben: that would be fascinating but, sorry to say, there was a lot of stations that went on the air went off.

Bob: I bet.

Ben: Johnston was hot to get on the air that’s one thing that Umbach pointed out to Johnston, he told him FM never going to arrive, FM never going to arrive, he used to say and they were putting up a mailbox up there for that place on the mountain and they were trying to decide what to put on the mailbox and Umbach says, “put Johnston’s Folly on it.”

Bob: Johnston’s Folly. That’s funny, but JLN, what was it, I have no idea what it playing back in the 40s 1948 it went on the air right? What did it… simulcast AM or what?

Ben: Some of the time

Duration

Full Interview: 5 minutes
Audio Snippet: 2 minutes

Citation

Ben Franklin and Bob Friedman, “Ben Franklin, Oral History (part 01),” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed December 10, 2018, http://thebbrm.org/document/94.

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