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"This is box 1 folder 1, we’re calling it 1935 and it is a musical folder of sheet music for Fats Waller. Number 1: The Original Piano Conceptions. It was purchased at a thrift store somewhere. It’s a music book of Fats Waller Compositions."

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"Box 1 number 5 is an approximation of the 500 block of 18th Street North in Birmingham from the 1940s. Obtained at the archives, the archive section of the Birmingham Public Library, which received many many pictures from the Jefferson County tax…

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"This is box 1 number 2, dated 1938-1939 and it is an agreement between the Birmingham Broadcasting Company, which is probably WBRC and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the IBEW who probably did the electrical work on the studio…

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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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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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Andrew Fields (b.Jan 2, 1936, d. Nov 10, 2004), 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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Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore - (b. Nov 8, 1913, d. May 19, 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…

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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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"1 number 19. 1943, a picture of Ben Franklin shaking hands with Walden Patrick McKim who was an engineer at the original transmitter building located at Blue Lake, an old quarry that serviced WJLD studio in the Gary Hotel in Bessemer, Alabama.…

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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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