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Walter Anglin and his wife Nora discuss his work history in black radio.

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Shelley Stewart, Pioneer Birmingham disc jockey/announcer, approximate beginning of his career at WBCO and WEDR in 1952, then WENN, then WJLD, then WENN, then part owner of WATV. Retired from radio in 1999.

Ruth Brown, a leading RnB vocalist with major hits in the early 1950's for Atlantic Records. Tony award winner for her performance on Broadway with the play, "Black and Blue." Host of the early 1990's RnB Revue on National Public Radio. Introduced…

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Edward McClure, known on the air as “Johnny Jive,” music jock and school teacher, beginning his career at WBCO, Bessemer in 1952, at WENN for a short time in the late 50’s and then, WJLD until 1969. A master of platter parties and creator of the…

Bruce Payne at WBCO, 1953
Bruce Payne, Birmingham broadcaster from the early 1950's. Born in Jackson, Mississippi and began his broadcasting career at WBCO in Bessemer. He made the transition to early WENN Radio in Birmingham in 1958 before returning to Mississippi to finish…

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Interview with Professor Lani Guinier, the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Guinier's work includes professional responsibilities of public lawyers, the relationship between democracy and the law, and…

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Billy Cliff Evans, announcer at WJLD in the mid 1940’s. Billy shares recollections of early broadcasting from Bessemer radio stations. Became treasurer of the Bessemer History Center.

Andrew Fields, overnight broadcaster and part timer at WJLD and WBUL, discusses his career spanning 1969-1982; reflecting on his development and experience in Birmingham radio and his contemporaries.

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Erskine Faush, Gospel Radio Announcer 1951-2016. Radio Pioneer joining his brother William at WBCO, Bessemer and then moving to WENN Radio in 1958 and WATV in 1976, where he became part owner with Shelley Stewart and Joe Lackey.

Bob Umbach, WJLD Spelling Bee, 1950
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…
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