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b3f28a - Bull Conner challenges Shuttlesworth's honesty  - 1956.jpg
"This is folder 28 and there are two parts of the same article in here. We have determined it was 1956 by doing our own research except for the fact that the article says “Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth will be asked to take a lie detector test…

b2f12a - AG Gaston presenting a prize at the Frolic - 1950.jpg
"We are on picture number 12, and there’s A.G. himself awarding a prize. The youngster doesn’t look thrilled, maybe he didn’t win first prize. Looks like he got a lunchbox; he didn’t win the Schwinn, but it B’s that way sometimes. In the background…

b3f29a - ad for a rock n roll show - 1956.jpg
"This is folder 29. This is a copy from the Birmingham News. I’m not sure if it’s the Birmingham News. It might not be. It might be the Birmingham World. But it’s a big rock and roll show. Here in Birmingham at the Birmingham City Auditorium on May…

b2f35a - Sugar Daddy at WBCO 1 - 1952.jpg
"This folder contains three different photos of Andrew "Sugar Daddy" Dawkins from his stint at WBCO. They were donated by Andrew at the time of his interviews. Wonderful shots. Andrew was at the station for a couple of years around 52-52, went in…

1952-Andrew Dawkins - WBCO.jpg
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…

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…

Roy and Gate April 1,1992 at WJLD Studios.jpg
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…

1950-Ben Alexander - WEDR   cropped.jpg
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…

b2f49a - Ben Franklin and wife at WJLD Red Mountain - 1950s.jpg
"We’re up to folder 49 which has an original picture of Ben Franklin, engineer Ben Franklin and his wife. I don’t remember her name although I spent a lot of time at her house, trying to get some things in order out of Ben’s files. Ben was the first…
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