Reflections on Bob Umbach from his daughter, Nancy Hodges

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Title

Reflections on Bob Umbach from his daughter, Nancy Hodges

Subject

Bob Umbach
WJLD

Description

Nancy Hodges, daughter of Bob Umbach, famous Bessemer and Birmingham radio pioneer; her very early recollections of her dad before he and his wife were divorced.

Bob Umbach, 1946-1953, WJLD, Bessemer/Birmingham Announcer, originator Atomic Boogie Hour
(b. Jan 1, 1914, d. June 7, 1988)

Creator

Bob Friedman
Nancy Hodges

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

February 19, 1994

Contributor

Adam Beebe
Emily Bibb

Format

MP3
JPG
PDF

Language

English

Identifier

UmbachOH

Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

Nancy Hodges

Transcription

Transcript of audio snippet:

Nancy Hodges: ... I could have been 4, or 5.

Bob Friedman: So at 4 or 5 what year would that be?

N: Yeah, I can remember my mother letting me wait up for him at night.

B: OK.

N: And I think I remember him taking me and my sister to the radio station a couple times and he would let us sit there and we would sing “God Bless America.” (laughs)

B: (Laughs) How old – I mean, what year would this be?

N: Um, I was born in ’48 – – ’53. That’s right?

B: OK. So in 1953 – now one of the stories we hear is that Bob was active in radio back in the ‘40s. So you might be remembering the end of his career here.

N: It seems like, so.

B: Yeah.

Duration

Full interview: 3 minutes
Audio snippet: 2 minutes

Citation

Bob Friedman and Nancy Hodges, “Reflections on Bob Umbach from his daughter, Nancy Hodges,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed February 26, 2021, http://thebbrm.org/item/53.

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