Legendary Pioneers of Black Radio

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

byGilbert Anthony Williams

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After World War II, when thousands of African Americans left farms, plantations, and a southern way of life to migrate north, African American disc jockeys helped them make the transition to the urban life by playing familiar music and giving them hints on how to function in northern cities. These disc jockeys became cultural heroes and had a major role in the development of American broadcasting. This collection of interviews documents the personalities of the pioneers of Black radio, as well as their personal struggles and successes. The interviewees also define their roles in the civil rights movement and relate how their efforts have had an impact on how African Americans are portrayed over the air.

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After World War II, when thousands of African Americans left farms, plantations, and a southern way of life to migrate north, African American disc jockeys helped them make the transition to the urban life by playing familiar music and giving them hints on how to function in northern cities. These disc jockeys became cultural heroes an...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.56 × 6.51 × 1.04 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275958884

ISBN - 13:9780275958886

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"Williams has compiled and impressive lineup of djs, including Eddie Castleberry, Moses Lindburg "Lucky" Cordell, Normand W. Spaulding, and Richard Stams....The interviews demonstrate a fine interplay between Williams and his subjects, building for the reader a relaxed, warm atmosphere....The interviews will furnish insight into an important time in culture and broadcasting....[A]nyone interested in this area will find the book quite valuable. _"-MultiCultural Review