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Andrew “Sugar Daddy” Dawkins (February 24, 1930 - December 8, 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 owned…

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Andrew Dawkins, 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 actually meant “became colored…

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Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore (1913-2004) one of the most daring of the radio announcers of the 1950’s, Moore was a blues singer in the 1930’s and 40’s and a gospel singer, minister and radio announcer in the 50’s, in Birmingham. His…

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

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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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Bill Pinkney, the original Bass of the Drifters vocal group, 1953-1957. Bill visited Bob at WJLD twice and sat down for this interview. He reflects on his early career and the creation of one of the best known vocal groups of all times. He also…

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Billy Cliff Evans (b. Dec 12, 1924, d. Apr 5, 2004), 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.
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