Ben Franklin, Oral History (part 04)


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Ben Franklin, Oral History (part 04)


Engineer Ben Franklin continues in this November 4th, 1993 interview recounting his stories of early Birmingham radio.


Ben Franklin
Bob Friedman


Birmingham Black Radio Museum


November 04, 1993


Hannah Moore
Emily Bibb






Bob Friedman


Ben Franklin


Transcript from audio snippet:

Bob- To me he was like a working class hero.

Ben- He was. Yeah he was, I was going to tell… and mischievous, bad mischievious.

Bob- And obviously not afraid of hardly anything. Since he was a Pullman and he worked, he went up against Pullman, he was a union organizer, boxer..

Ben- Oh he fussed them all, yeah yeah, oh listen and he was in with the city commission in Bessemer, Jesse Lanier was the Mayor then. And he handled things for the mayor and vice versa, it was one of those things.

Bob- He was on BCO wasn’t he. He was on BCO before JLD.

Ben- Yeah and then he was on EDR after that. Um, what I was going to tell you , he use to do in the morning, what we use to do on Saturday Morning he… He said you know that there’s a widow woman who had a Cadillac she did need and she would give it to Willie (McKinstry) and uh Willie wants to give his car away, if you jut call Willie he’d give you his car. Give his home telephone number


Full Interview: 31 minutes
Audio snippet: 2 minutes


Ben Franklin and Bob Friedman, “Ben Franklin, Oral History (part 04),” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed September 27, 2022,

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