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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…

b1f52a - Engineer Ben Franklin at WJLD transmitter - 1949.jpg
"Moving along to folder number, box 1 folder 52, are pictures of Ben Franklin and he is inside the 3801 Bessemer Superhighway in Bessemer the middle rack provided link service to the Red Mountain transmitter in 1948, Red Mountain tower fed the mutual…

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

B1f41a - Bessemer City Hall in construction - 1947.jpg
"Box 1 folder 41, which contains 2 pictures from 1947, we believe of Bessemer City Hall first without the addition. It’s hard to believe that this is the same year. I don’t believe it could possibly be the same year but then again I’m not sure. The…

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 (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…

b1f42a - City to Have 1 Radio Stations - approx 1947.jpg
"And we move to box 1, and we are at folder 42, which is approximately 1947 and we do that because there is an application for a Birmingham-based radio station which at this point WJLD is considered a Bessemer licensed station. There were only, we…

b1f12a.jpg
"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…

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…

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…
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