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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…

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.

Billy Evans.jpg
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.

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 Johnny Jive McClure.pdf
Edward McClure (b. Jun 23, 1923, d. Sep 17, 2009), 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…

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…

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.

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.

2010 - Lee Bell Johnson.jpg
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…

1954-Tiger Thompson - WJLD -.jpg
Perry “Tiger” Thompson – 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 them to join the armed…
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