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Approx 1974 - (l-r) Larry Levan and James Freeman at WJLD remote from the Willie Mckinstry scrapbook.jpg
James Freeman, a Birmingham radio deejay who worked at WJLD 1400 and WEDR 1220 on and off for some 17 years. He spent some time in Columbus, Georgia and in Dayton, Ohio as a gospel announcer and then returned to Birmingham. He recalls his time on…

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Rev. Don Solomon (b.Feb 13, 1932, d. Dec 14, 2017) Pastor for many years of the Lily Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and worked closely for years with UAB’s School of Public Health founding Congregations for Public Health.…

1943 - WSGN WA Clark (L) w group and Deacon Davis (R).jpg
Ms Ophelia Davis George (b. Nov 9, 1929, d. Mar 25, 2005), daughter of gospel broadcaster Deacon Richmond Davis (b. abt 1904, d. abt 1967). Davis began his gospel broadcasting in Birmingham in 1939 on WBRC, forerunner of WERC (960 AM), and was…

WEUP - Dawkins and Garrett, 1967.jpg
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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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…

1948-Ben Franklin inside WJLD Bess Sup Hwy .jpg
Engineer Ben Franklin (Ben) continues in this 1993 interview recounting his stories of early Birmingham radio.

Honey Brown WBCO 1952-cropped.jpg
Honey Brown (Willa Lee Davis) 3/8/94 a broadcaster with early WBCO (1951-1952), a Birmingham native sharing her memories of being on the air and working at the station and meeting others in other local stations, including Bob Umbach. She’s…

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Dr. Frank “Doc” Adams (b. Feb 2, 1928, d. Oct. 29, 2014), Director of Education at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and The Carver Theatre. Well known for his proficiency as a sax and clarinet player, and for his stints with Duke Ellington and Sun Ra’s…

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.jpg
Rev. Fred Lee Shuttlesworth (b. March 18, 1922; d. October 5, 2011), a Birmingham Baptist Minister and Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham from 1953 to 1961. He was the founder of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR)…

Esau Thompson, 1957, Ebony Magazine
Lydia Thompson, Perry “Tiger” Thompson’s daughter, part three of three interviews. Bob Friedman visited Ms. Thompson at her home in Bessemer. Lydia continues to reflect on her family and her dad’s career in radio. Bob was given a picture of Tiger at…
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