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b2f54a - Willie and Willie McKinstry - 1953.jpg
"We’re on folder 54 now which is a picture of Willie and Willie. Willie McKinstry and his wife, Willie also. They both had the same name and I think the same spelling. Two in this picture, given to me by Mrs. McKinstry. I’m not sure if she’s still…

b2f28a - part of Willie McKinstry poster - 1952.jpg
"Okay moving right along to number 28. Two things: One of them is a picture of Willie McKinstry from a poster; it’s cardboard, glossy, kind of sepia colored. A WJLD radio show from 7:15 to 8 at night, and it’s not clear to me from this whether he…

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…

b1f22a Kelley Choral Singers.jpg
"Next is box 1 number 22, which is a picture of the Kelly Choral Singers and we have Norman Wooding Jr and William McKinstrey who later went on to broadcast at WJLD, and this from 1944, the back of the picture describes a great deal of the history…

1944 - Kelley Choral Singer final.jpg
Norman B. Wooding, Jr.(b. Nov. 28, 1923, d. Oct. 31, 2015). Eight decades singing gospel quartet in Jefferson County, Alabama, at 89, Norman reflects in conversation on the conditions in the 1930’s and 40’s surrounding the development of quartet…

Approx 1974 - (l-r) Larry Levan and James Freeman at WJLD remote from the Willie Mckinstry scrapbook.jpg
James Freeman, a Birmingham radio deejay who worked at WJLD 1400 and WEDR 1220 on and off for some 17 years. He spent some time in Columbus, Georgia and in Dayton, Ohio as a gospel announcer and then returned to Birmingham. He recalls his time on…

Fitch at tape automation, WBUL0001.jpg
Manuel Fitch, long time gospel announcer currently on WJLD Radio AM 1400 and 94.1 FM, on Saturday mornings from 6-8AM. Manuel began working in Birmingham radio in the 1970’s and shared his recollections and stories from his scrapbook pictures. His…

Perry "Tiger" Thompson with the Sterling Jubiliees, also known as the CIO Singers, 1954
Lydia Thompson (b. Feb 3, 1940, d. Sep 20, 1996), eldest daughter of Perry “Tiger” Thompson (b. 1908, d. Apr 26, 1973), interviewed by telephone over two days regarding Tiger’s history. Ms. Thompson was at home in Bessemer during the call. Tiger…

MacMillan Jubilee Singers, 1950
Norman Bennett “NB” Wooding, Jr. (b. Nov. 28, 1923, d. Oct. 31, 2015), Interviewed at his home in Mason City, Birmingham by Bob Friedman. In 2012, NB Wooding, Jr. celebrated 80 years singing gospel quartet in Jefferson County and over 60 years…

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…
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