Sonrose Rutledge, Oral History

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Title

Sonrose Rutledge, Oral History

Description

Sonrose Rutledge (b. Oct 15, 1937), Alabama broadcaster starting his career at WBCO, then WENN, WEDR and ending it at WEUP Huntsville. He then pursued a radio career in Louisiana.

Creator

Sonrose Rutledge
Bob Friedman

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

March 28, 1994

Contributor

Emily Bibb
Thomas Kulovitz

Format

MP3
JPG
PDF

Language

English

Identifier

RutledgeOH

Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

Sonrose Rutledge

Transcription

Transcript of audio snippet:

Bob Friedman: 1953. Where’d you start?
Sonrose Rutledge: WBCO in Bessemer, Alabama.
B: Really? Were you there in 1953?
S: Yeah. Uh huh.
B: Were you doing part time or full time?
S: Well, actually, my first job for pay was in ’55, but I was there as a DJ representing my high school.
B: Oh really?
S: Right.
B: Which high school?
S: Huh? Johnny Jive as a matter of fact started it.
B: Johnny Jive started it?
S: Mmhmm. Johnny McClure. Johnny Jive started it and there was guest DJs from all the schools and I represented my school, Westville high school.
B: Well…Westville?
S: Uh huh. Westville High.
B: Did they change the name?
S: No. As a matter of fact, the school is not there anymore.
B: Oh ok. The reason I’m kind of surprised that you’re the second person of the week who I’ve talked to who’s been a high school representative at BCO. The other person who’s still working here is Al Bell.
S: Al Bell, yeah.
B: Who came from Western Olin as a high school DJ.
S: Right. Right.
B: A little bit later than that, but…
S: That’s when mine kicked off and when I finished high school, I got my first job there in radio at WBCO.
B: Uh huh. In 1955, was it?
S: In 1955, ‘56, somewhere in there.
B: Uh huh, so it was closing in on the time BCO would change to WENN.
S: Say that again.
B: It was closing in on the time that WBCO would change its frequency and its name to WENN.
S: Yeah, as a matter of fact, they changed from WBCO to WENN.
B: While you were there?
S: No, no, this was … When it moved from Bessemer…
B: Mmhmm.
S: And went to Birmingham, that’s when they changed to WENN, and I don’t remember the year.
B: That was about ’58.

Duration

Full interview: 29 minutes
Audio snippet: 2 minutes

Citation

Sonrose Rutledge and Bob Friedman, “Sonrose Rutledge, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed July 3, 2022, https://thebbrm.org/item/35.

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