Paul "E. X." Brown, Oral History

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Title

Paul "E. X." Brown, Oral History

Description

A pioneer of early Black radio, Paul remembers WEDR Birmingham, WERD Atlanta, and his sports broadcasting.

Creator

Paul E. X. Brown
Bob Friedman

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

January 31, 1997

Contributor

Thomas Kulovitz
Emily Bibb

Format

.WAV
PDF
JPG

Language

English

Identifier

EXBrownOH

Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

E. X. Brown

Transcription

Transcript of audio snippet:

Bob Friedman: I’m glad to hear that. Um, I had a piece of historical information I was trying to determine and I thought you might be of help here. Um, I know you started working at WEDR, right?
Paul 'EX' Brown: My work experience?
B: Your first radio work in Birmingham.
P: Oh no, no. WEDR was way down the list.
B: Really?
P: Yeah. My first radio job was at WJOB at Hammond, Indiana in 1941 or 42.
B: Wow. I remember WJOB when I lived in Gary.
P: Yep.
B: Mmhmm. And what was it a news job?
P: Huh?
B: What kind of work did you do for them?
P: I did a umm…I did a news program on Sunday morning. That’s how I got started and then I starting doing a uhh record program rhythm and blues every-every day.
B: On WJOB?
P: Right.
B: That far back, 1941 and 42, you were doing rhythm and blues?
P: Yes sir. It wasn’t called-it was called race then. It wasn’t called rhythm and blues.
B: Do you remember some of the artists that you would play on the air? What kind of…you know which…
P: Oh uhh…a girl named that was…went to…she’s dead now. Went to…changed from gospel to…changed from, well she was gospel and then changed to race…Cook Name was Cook, and umm and of course there was Lionel Hampton and umm inaudble was all very popular then.
B: Uh huh.
P: Yeah.
B: So it was jazz and swing too huh?
P: Yeah.
B: Mmhmm.
P: Yeah. We had everything race. You know.

Original Format

telephone interview, taped

Duration

Full interview: 15 minutes
Audio snippet: 2 minutes

Citation

Paul E. X. Brown and Bob Friedman, “Paul "E. X." Brown, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed August 18, 2022, https://thebbrm.org/item/2.

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