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W. A. Clark, Taft Epstein, and Deacon Richmond Davis
Alex Epstein shares memories of his brother Taft Epstein, clothing store owner and sponsor for Black gospel radio programming and other events. Taft is seen here with early gospel radio ministers W.A. Clark (left) and Deacon Richmond Davis (right).

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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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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 Alexander discusses the history of WEDR

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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, 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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Brian Ward, author of “Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South.”

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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Charles Brown, born in 1922, an extraordinary Rhythm and Blues and Jazz vocalist from the 1940’s thru the 1960’s. Recorded by Bob Friedman on June 14, 1997 at an appearance by Mr. Brown at a City Stages outdoor festival in Birmingham, Alabama.…

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Curtis Mayfield, singer, composer, member of the original Impressions vocal group, looking back on his history and motivations in 1995. The interviewer was Omar Neal, of 1600 AM WXVI radio in Montgomery Alabama.
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