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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…
Eddie Castleberry, pioneer Birmingham broadcaster beginning career in 1950. Interviewed in the WJLD studios by Gary Richardson, June 16, 1992
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.
Evelyn Hardy, piano player and founding member of the Gospel Harmonettes, a famous female gospel group based in Birmingham, Alabama. Evelyn shares her recollections of the group’s beginning in the 1940’s.
Gene Newman, owner of WBEZ and WSMQ, began his career in the 1950’s. Discusses the frequency swaps between WEZB and WBCO that created WENN 1320 and WYAM 1450 in 1958.
Interview with Rev. James Bevil, major leader of the 1960 Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Interviewed live in the WJLD studios by Bob Friedman
Jerome Gray, field organizer in Alabama for the2008 campaign of President Barack Obama, and an activist with the Alabama Democratic Conference, a Black political organization still in existence.
Jesse Champion, announcer and jazz broadcaster, teacher and singer at WJLD, 1954-63. Later, newsman at WERC Birmingham, 1970-90. Jesse shares reflections of his early career in the 1960's