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Alex Epstein shares memories of his brother Taft Epstein, clothing store owner and sponsor for Black gospel radio programming and other events. Taft is seen here with early gospel radio ministers W.A. Clark (left) and Deacon Richmond Davis (right).
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…
Engineer Ben Franklin (Ben) continues in this 1993 interview recounting his stories of early Birmingham radio.
Billy Cliff Evans, 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.
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
Edward McClure, known on the air as “Johnny Jive,” music jock and school teacher, 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 platter parties and creator of the…
Eddie Castleberry, pioneer Birmingham broadcaster beginning career in 1950. Interviewed in the WJLD studios by Gary Richardson, June 16, 1992