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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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Billy Cliff Evans (b. Dec 12, 1924, d. Apr 5, 2004), 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
Reverend William Faush (b. June 28, 1925, d. Jan 30, 2003), pioneer gospel broadcaster at WBCO Bessemer, discusses his early radio career.

1988 - Joe Lackey head shot.jpg
Joe Lackey (b. Aug 3, 1922, d.May 29, 2009), 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 (b.Jan 16, 1936, d.Nov 2, 2010), 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. Aug 9, 1929, d. Nov 14, 2011) remembering his dad JL Doss, Sr, (b. 1896, d. 1977) founder of WJLD radio. Pictured is John Leslie Doss Sr.

W. A. Clark, Taft Epstein, and Deacon Richmond Davis
Taft Epstein (b. June 1, 1912, d. Nov 17, 1979), remembered by his brother, Alex Epstein (b. Jan 22, 2015, Apr 23, 2012). Taft was a clothing store owner and sponsor for Black gospel radio programming and other events.

Bruce Payne at WBCO, 1953
Bruce Payne (b. Sep 7, 1930, d. Oct 4, 2005), 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…

Ed McClure at WBCO.jpg
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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