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b2f35a - Sugar Daddy at WBCO 1 - 1952.jpg
Box 2 Folder 35: "This folder contains three different photos of Andrew "Sugar Daddy" Dawkins from his stint at WBCO. They were donated by Andrew at the time of his interviews. Wonderful shots. Andrew was at the station for a couple of years…

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…

WEUP - Dawkins and Garrett, 1967.jpg
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…

Roy and Gate April 1,1992 at WJLD Studios.jpg
Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore - (b. Nov 8, 1913, d. May 19, 2004) one of the most daring of the radio announcers of the 1950’s, Moore was a blues singer in the 1930’s and 40’s and a gospel singer, minister and radio announcer in the 50’s, in…

b2f22a - Bessemer City Directory - WBCO  WJLD  - 1951.jpg
Box 2 Folder 22: "Alright, we now are looking at folder 22. This is from the Bessemer City directory 1951. Two stations listed: WBCO radio station on 17th and 3rd Avenue and that was the first location for WBCO. WJLD was at this time of course on…

b2f53a - Bessemer City Directory - WBCO address - 1953.jpg
Box 2 Folder 53: "Heading up to folder 53 from the Bessemer city directory from around 1953. This one page from the Bessemer city directory is in here because it lists WBCO radio station at 17th and 3rd Ave in Bessemer. Now it is the case that not…

b3f23a - Bruce Payne at the mic at WBCO - 1955.jpg
Box 3 Folder 23: "Up to folder 23. There’s Bruce Payne, having a good time at WBCO. He’s holding a 45 of course but in those days it looks like they might have taped something on the label which is a nightmare for record collectors. Donated by mail…

b2f37a - anniversary pres release from Brunce Payne - 7-15-1952.jpg
Box 2 Folder 37: "Moving right along to number 37. Folder 37 is something that Bruce Payne sent us, which was a…July 15, 1952 release reflecting on Bruce Payne Jr. observing his first WBCO anniversary with a celebration in June of 1952.. And it just…

Bruce Payne at WBCO, 1953
Bruce Payne (b. 1930, d. October 6, 2005) Birmingham Broadcaster from the early 1950's. Born in Jackson, MS and began his broadcasting career briefly at WVIM Vicksburg and then moved to Bessemer at WBCO. He made the transition to early WENN Radio in…

b3f21a - Johnny Jive business card - 1955.jpg
Box 3 Folder 21: "Ok, moving right along. This is folder 21 and it is a business card for Johnny Jive at WBCO. It's taped to a piece of plexiglass, Now the phone numbers have seven digits. So we’re moving along here, 1955. “It’s wise to advertise on…
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