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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.

Esau Thompson, 1957, Ebony Magazine
Lydia Thompson, Perry “Tiger” Thompson’s daughter, part three of three interviews. Bob Friedman visited Ms. Thompson at her home in Bessemer. Lydia continues to reflect on her family and her dad’s career in radio. Bob was given a picture of Tiger at…

Perry "Tiger" Thompson with the Sterling Jubiliees, also known as the CIO Singers, 1954
Lydia Thompson, eldest daughter of Perry “Tiger” Thompson, interviewed by telephone over two days regarding Tiger’s history. Ms. Thompson was at home in Bessemer during the call. Tiger Thompson was a radio announcer at WAPI, WBCO, WJLD and WEDR, a…

The Gospel Five
Rev. Hobdy Moorer, Gospel singer and member of the Pillars of Birmingham. Hobdy shares his history of gospel quartet in Birmingham

Roy and Gate April 1,1992 at WJLD Studios.jpg
Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore (1913-2004) 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 Birmingham. His…

Castleberry at WEDR 1953.jpg
Eddie Castleberry, veteran Birmingham broadcaster, interviewed at his home in New York City by phone by Bob Friedman on Jan 3, 1997

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Eddie Castleberry, pioneer Birmingham broadcaster beginning career in 1950. Interviewed in the WJLD studios by Gary Richardson, June 16, 1992

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Gene Newman, owner of WBEZ and WSMQ, began his career in the 1950’s. Discusses the frequency swaps between WEZB and WBCO that created WENN 1320 and WYAM 1450 in 1958.

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Walter Anglin, “the Midnight Mover Groover” accompanied by his wife Nora, discuss his early history in Birmingham Black radio.
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