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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…

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Rev. Andrew Dawkins (b. Feb 24, 1930, d. Dec 9, 2014), RnB announcer beginning his career early in 1950 at WBCO 1450 AM in Bessemer. BCO stood for Bessemer Cut-off. The station went all black staff in late 1951 and it was remarked locally that BCO…

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Bill Pinkney (b. Aug 15, 1925, d. Jul 4, 2007) born, Dalzell, NC- The original bass of the Drifters vocal group. Bill visited Bob at WJLD twice and sat down for this interview. He reflects on his early career and the creation of one of the best known…

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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.

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Ben Alexander (b. Sept, 1927), an early arrival at WEDR 1220 AM, Birmingham, Ben spent from the end of 1949 to October of 1950 at the station and recalls personnel and personalities of the time. He became a Lt. Colonel in the army and retired to…

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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

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David Shears, WBCO Announcer known as Doc B. At WBCO from 1951 to 1954.

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…

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Charles Brown (September 13, 1922 - January 21, 1999), an extraordinary Rhythm and Blues and Jazz vocalist from the 1940’s thru the 1960’s. Recorded by Bob Friedman on June 14, 1997 at an appearance by Mr. Brown at a City Stages outdoor festival in…

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Don Solomon, gospel promoter, Sales Director for A.G. Gaston businesses, Discusses his early gospel group and their manager, Leroy Garrett, who went on to found WEUP Huntsville, the first Black owned radio station in Alabama
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