Alex Epstein, Oral History

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Title

Alex Epstein, Oral History

Subject

Taft Epstein

Description

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).

Creator

Bob Friedman
Alex Epstein

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

November 10, 1993

Contributor

Emily Bibb
Jeff Hirschy

Format

MP3
JPG
PDF

Language

English

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

Alex Epstein

Transcription

Transcript of audio snippet:

Bob: Do you remember any about the jewelry store’s relationship to programming on WJLD?

Alex: No, Taft did a lot of advertising. He was eh, he did a lot of charity work. He was always on, I don’t know what station he was on, but he did a lot of advertising.

Bob: Right, well, from our, from people who remember, one of the things he did was sponsor W.A. Clark from the St. Peter’s Primitive Church in Bessemer on WJLD around 1944-1945.

Alex: And every Easter, he had a big Easter Egg Hunt out there in Fair Park, that’s my remembrance.

Bob: Eh ha, is there. They wouldn’t be. I guess what I’m looking for as well is any memorabilia that would connect Epps Jewelers to anything that happened on WJLD?

Alex: No, I that I don’t know. It’s been about 12 years since Taft has passed away and I don’t know of anything that is left from Epps Jewelry and before that he had a clothing store in town before he opened up Epps Jewelry, in the old Hammond Hotel. Are you from Birmingham?

Bob: No, I’m from New York actually.

Alex: Oh, so, I don’t know of any place that you can get any…He was also a sponsor of the wrestling matches at the City Auditorium. He and a fella, Danaberg, sponsored those wrestling matches.

Bob: Hmmmm

Alex: He was very friendly with…like you say, I forget which church it was… out there in Bessemer, he contributed to them quite a bit.

Bob: Do you remember a name Deacon Richmond Davis?

Alex: That sounds about right. That’s him. I think he’s passed away.

Bob: uh huh

Alex: Deacon Richmond David, that’s exactly right. Deacon Davis sponsored every year at Fair Park an Easter Egg Hunt and things of that nature.

Bob: Ah eh, I see.

Original Format

MP3

Files

W. A. Clark, Taft Epstein, and Deacon Richmond Davis
Alex Epstein 2 min.mp3
AlexEpstein-Transcript.pdf

Citation

Bob Friedman and Alex Epstein, “Alex Epstein, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed April 26, 2018, http://thebbrm.org/document/47.

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