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Lora Gary (b. Jan 6, 1927, d. Mar 26, 2010) remembers the 1950’s and her time at WBCO and later WJLD, where she had a noon jazz show.

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Rick Upshaw remembers his early career at Birmingham radio stations in the late 1960’s. Discusses simulcasting between WJLD and WENN radio.

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William Faush (b. June 28, 1925, d. Jan 30, 2003), pioneer gospel broadcaster at WBCO Bessemer, discusses his early radio career.

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Ben Alexander (b. Sept, 1927), an early arrival at WEDR 1220 AM, Birmingham, Ben spent from the end of 1949 to October of 1950 at the station and recalls personnel and personalities of the time. He became a Lt. Colonel in the army and retired to…

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Jesse Champion (b. Aug 27, 1927, d.Nov 2, 2007), 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

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Joe Lackey (b. Aug 3, 1922, d.May 29, 2009), General Manager at WENN 1958-76. Part owner, WATV Birmingham. Joe reflects on his early career and on the 1963 Civil Rights Movement.

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Zack Allen (b.Jan 16, 1936, d.Nov 2, 2010), radio broadcaster with WJLD, interviewed about music played during his time as a DJ in the 1950s

John Leslie Doss, Jr.
J. Leslie Doss, Jr. (b.8-9-1929; d.11-14-2011), son of John Leslie Doss, Sr., founder of WJLD Radio in Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting on his early days with his dad and radio. Pictured is John Leslie Doss Sr.

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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.

W. A. Clark, Taft Epstein, and Deacon Richmond Davis
Alex Epstein (b. Jan 22, 2015, d. Apr 23, 2012), shares memories of his brother Taft Epstein (b. June 1, 1912, d. Nov 17, 1979), clothing store owner and sponsor for Black gospel radio programming and other events. Taft is seen here with early gospel…
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