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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…

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…

1950-Ben Alexander - WEDR   cropped.jpg
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…

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. 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…

b3f46a - KKK on WEDR building - May 29, 1958.jpg
"Now we move to folder 46 which are a series of clippings. These are clippings. This is one clipping that is where WEDR, where Shelley Stewart was at, “KKK” was written on WEDR. $5000 worth of vandalism. Ed Estes operated the station at this time, in…

b1f48a - Bham World ad for WEDR opening 9-4-1948.jpg
"Box number 1 and we are at number 48, and this is the announcement of WEDR going on the air…will open on Sunday, September 4, so this clipping is not from Sunday, September 4 but another time. Wouldn’t that be nice if it was there…but it is here.…

b3f39a - Bham News radio and TV log - April 11, 1957.jpg
"This is a Birmingham News radio log from April 11, 1957. It lists 11 radio stations and 2 television stations. 6 and 13 were the TV stations. JLD had McKinstry. This is back in ‘57. Their radio logs had the previous evening's programming - in this…

b1f49a - Post Herald radio log Pt 1  9-10-1949.jpg
"This is box number 1, folder 49, which is various radio logs from 1949, which now include WVOK, WKAX, and WEDR. It may be the first time that WEDR gets notated in the radio logs. This from September 19, 1949 with WEDR going on the air for the first…
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