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  • Collection: Oral History Collection

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Lee Bell Johnson (LBJ) – gospel singer, story teller, performer, born December 7, 1934 in Demopolis, Alabama, Marengo County – recounts her early childhood and introduction to singing at the age of four while living on a plantation. Lee Bell is…

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Rev. Andrew Dawkins (b. Feb 24, 1930, d. Dec 9, 2014), RnB announcer beginning his career early in 1950 at WBCO 1450 AM in Bessemer. BCO stood for Bessemer Cut-off. The station went all black staff in late 1951 and it was remarked locally that BCO…

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Rev. Andrew “Sugar Daddy” Dawkins (b. Feb 24, 1930, d. Dec 9, 2014), radio announcer with two seminal radio stations, the first at WBCO AM 1450 in Bessemer in 1950 and the second at WEUP AM 1600, Huntsville, the latter Alabama’s first Black owner…

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Another interview with Ben Franklin (b. Mar 12, 1919, d. May 10, 1998) on his radio career

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Engineer Ben Franklin continues in this November 4th, 1993 interview recounting his stories of early Birmingham radio.

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Engineer Ben Franklin (Ben) continues in this November 4th, 1993 interview recounting his stories of early Birmingham radio.

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Engineer Ben Franklin (Ben) continues in this 1993 interview recounting his stories of early Birmingham radio.

1948-Ben Franklin inside WJLD Bess Sup Hwy .jpg
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…

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Honey Brown (Willa Lee Davis) (b. approx 1930) a broadcaster with early WBCO (1951-1952), and Birmingham native sharing her memories of being on the air and working at the station and meeting others in other local stations, including Bob Umbach.…

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Hampton Sides, author of “Hellhound on His Trail” (published 2010, Doubleday), the stalking of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin. Interviewed by phone while Friedman was on the air, so callers are part of the…
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