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  • Tags: Bessemer

b1f22a Kelley Choral Singers.jpg
"Next is box 1 number 22, which is a picture of the Kelly Choral Singers and we have Norman Wooding Jr and William McKinstrey who later went on to broadcast at WJLD, and this from 1944, the back of the picture describes a great deal of the history…

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"This is box 1 number 12, and it is from 1942. There are various clipping from the Birmingham News or the Post Herald not sure which one, of WJLD going on the air in April of 1942. The smaller clipping entitled Bessemer’s WJLD goes on the air is from…

1942-1977-Gary Hotel - Bessemer.jpg
"Box 1 number 11 is a picture of a building that was in existence in 1942. The picture was actually from 1978 of a picture that existed in 1942 of the Plaza Hotel sometimes known as the Gary Hotel sometimes known as the Grand Hotel, which was on 17th…

1944 - Kelley Choral Singer final.jpg
Norman B. Wooding, Jr.(b. Nov. 28, 1923, d. Oct. 31, 2015). Eight decades singing gospel quartet in Jefferson County, Alabama, at 89, Norman reflects in conversation on the conditions in the 1930’s and 40’s surrounding the development of quartet…

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Lee Bell Johnson (LBJ) – gospel singer, story teller, performer, born December 7, 1934 in Demopolis, Alabama, Marengo County – recounts her early childhood and introduction to singing at the age of four while living on a plantation. Lee Bell is…

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…

Ben and Walden at WJLD Trans0001.jpg
Engineer Ben Franklin (Ben) continues in this 1993 interview recounting his stories of early Birmingham radio.

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Honey Brown (Willa Lee Davis) (b. approx 1930) a broadcaster with early WBCO (1951-1952), and 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.…

1954-Tiger Thompson - WJLD -.jpg
Perry “Tiger” Thompson (b. 1908, d. Apr 26, 1973) – Part two of three interviews - the second interview about Mr. Thompson from the recollections of family friend Peacolia Barge from Bessemer. She recalls his working with the youth and encouraging…

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Edward McClure (EM) (b. Jun 23, 1923, d. Sep 17, 2009) music jock and school teacher known on the air as “Johnny Jive” beginning his career at WBCO, Bessemer in 1952, at WENN for a short time in the late 50’s and then, WJLD until 1969. A master of…
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