Reflections on Paul "Tall Paul" White by his nephew, Paul McGinest


Reflections on Paul "Tall Paul" White by his nephew, Paul McGinest


What follows are three interviews with the youngest nephew of Announcer Paul "Tall Paul" White. His name is Paul McGinest and he is the youngest son of Tall Paul's older sister Dorothy Rogers and her husband Linwood McGinest. As of the dates of these interviews, Paul McGinest resided in Long Beach, California. All pictures have been supplied by Paul White's great niece, Eugenia Ware, who lives in Birmingham.


Paul McGinest
Bob Friedman


Birmingham Black Radio Museum


March 23, 2013
March 19, 2014
April 27, 2017


Tabor Chapman
Danielle Carlton
Emily Bibb






Bob Friedman


Paul McGinest


Transcript of audio snippet:

Paul McGinest: I just knew this was my mother’s baby brother’s uncle. And uh most the time he- he uh you know he got attached to my mother and my father. They were young when they got married and stuff. So, he, they basically kept him with them all the time. Then they- what was it - 1, 2, 3- he was five years older than my oldest brother. He was born on November 11th, 1941.

Bob Friedman: Ok. Who are we talking about now for November 11th, 1941?

PM: His nephew. Linwood McGinest junior. That’s who he grew up with.

BF: Ok so Paul - you’re saying Paul grew up with Linwood McGinest junior?

PM: Yes then-then-then my brother also grew up with my brother Willie Lee McGinest senior.

BF: Ok so-

PM: And then he-then he grew up with uh my sister, Ollie Mae McGinest . Grew up with her too. It was-it was three. Two nephews and then the niece that he grew up with.

BF: He grew up-ok

PM: Basically.

BF: And he grew up with them in Dorothy’s house?
PM: Yeah. Yeah, he grew up with us. Then-the house-then he what-what he did was I think he went to Ullman or Rosedale. One of the two. Rosedale high school or Ullman high. One of the two.

BF: Now we have-we have a record from Rosedale but the record from-

PM: Yeah that’s where he went to Rosedale.

BF: But the record is only from the ninth grade and when-he was in the ninth grade in 1957 and ‘58, which would have made him like twenty years old in-in the in the ninth grade. So it seems that he must have moved around a whole lot.

PM: Yeah. I don’t-I don’t- I couldn’t tell you exactly how they was but he had enlisted in- I think my mom when he got to be a certain age. He kinda talked to me but I don’t-I don’t remember a whole lot of it. But he enlisted in the United States Army you know that huh?

BF: You know when?

PM: He was a vet.

BF: Do you know when he enlisted?

PM: No. I don’t know exactly when he enlisted.

BF: Ok.

PM: Also he was a boxer in the US Army.


Interview 1: 34 minutes
Interview 2: unspecified
Interview 3: 4 minutes
Audio snippet: 2 minutes


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Paul McGinest.pdf
Paul M clip.mp3


Paul McGinest and Bob Friedman, “Reflections on Paul "Tall Paul" White by his nephew, Paul McGinest,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed April 24, 2024,

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