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1952-Andrew Dawkins - WBCO.jpg
Andrew “Sugar Daddy” Dawkins (February 24, 1930 - December 8, 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 owned…

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.

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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.

William Faush head shot.jpg
William Faush, pioneer gospel broadcaster at WBCO Bessemer, discusses his early radio career.

1988 - Joe Lackey head shot.jpg
Joe Lackey, General Manager at WENN 1958-76. Part owner, WATV Birmingham. Joe reflects on his early career and on the 1963 Civil Rights Movement.

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Zack Allen, radio broadcaster with WJLD, interviewed about music played during his time as a DJ in the 1950s

John Leslie Doss, Jr.
J. Leslie Doss, Jr. (b.8-9-1929; d.11-14-2011), son of John Leslie Doss, Sr., founder of WJLD Radio in Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting on his early days with his dad and radio. Pictured is John Leslie Doss Sr.

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).

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…

Ed McClure at WBCO.jpg
Edward McClure, known on the air as “Johnny Jive,” music jock and school teacher, 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 platter parties and creator of the…
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