Radio Pioneers - R & B Airwaves in 1950-51


Joe Adams KOWL (L.A.)

Vernon Alley KRON (San Francisco)

George Bannister WTTM (Trenton, NJ) .

Don Barksdale KRON (San Francisco)

Al Benson ('Ol Swingmaster) WJJD and WBKB-TV (a first for a Black emcee)

Fatso Berry KSAN (San Francisco)

Bon Bon WDAS (Philadelphia)

Les Boyd KROW (San Francisco)

Ramon Bruce WHAT (Philadelphia)

Robin Bruin KWKW (L.A.)

Willie Bryant (Mayor of Harlem)- WHOM (NYC)

Tom Buckley "Sepia Serenade" WAAA (Winston-Salem, NC)

Vivian Carter ("The Mystery Lady") "Rockin' In Rhythm" WJOB (Chicago)

Chris Columbus WFPG (Atlantic City, NJ)

Bill Cook WAAT (Philadelphia)

Ralph Cooper-WMCA (NYC)

Jessie Copperwood WWCA (Gary, Ind)

Harry Curran "Curran's Corner" WXGI (Richmond)

Larry Dean WLOU (Louisville)

Robert "Ducky" DeCoy WMRY (New Orleans)

Dave Dixon KSTL (E.St.Louis, Ill)

Randy Dixon "Harlem Hit Parade" WDAS (Philadelphia)

John Dolphin KGFJ (L.A.)

Emmy Lou Dukes WMCK (Pittsburgh)

Norm Dunlap WMRY (New Orleans)

Ken Elliot "Jack The Cat" WWEZ (New Orleans)

Sam Evans WGN (Chicago)

McKie Fitzhugh WGES (Chicago)

Alan Freed "Moondog" WJMO (Cleveland)

Lorenzo Fuller "Harlem Frolics" WLIB (NYC)

"Jockey Jack" Gibson WERD (Atlanta)

Phil Gordon "1280 Club" WHOM (NYC)

Hunter Hancock KFVD (L.A.)

Honeyboy Hardy WBOK (New Orleans)

Lloyd Harvey WGEM (Quincy, Ill.)

"Jocko" Henderson WHAT (Philadelphia)

Jerry Hemphill KALI (L.A.)

Ray Hudson WKBN (Youngstown, Oh)

Hot Rod Hulbert "Sepia Swing Club" WDIA (Memphis)

Hal Jackson-"House That Jack Built" WLIB (NYC)

Sherman Johnson WTOK (Meridian, Miss)

Jack Jackson-WGOV (Valdosta, Ga)

BeeBee (BB) King WDIA (Memphis) {yes THE BB King}

Harold Ladell WNJR (Newark, NJ)

Malcom LaPlace WMRY (New Orleans)

Roy Loggins KALI (L.A.)

George "The Hound" Lorenz WJJL (Buffalo, NY)

Ned Lukens "The Bellboy" WEAS (Decatur, Ga)

Idessa Malone-"Music In The Groove" CKLW (Windsor, Ontario)

Manny Mauldin WHFC (Chicago)

Sid "My Boy" McCoy WENR (Chicago)

Lucky Millinder "Lucky's Lounge" WNEW (NYC)

Ray "Blues Boy" Meaders WMPA (Aberdeen, Miss)

Bruce Miller WAAA (Winston-Salem, NC)

Willie Nix KWEM (West Memphis, Ark)

Gene Norman KLAC (L.A.)

George Oxford "Jumpin' George" KWBR (Oakland, Cal)

Bob Parker WMRY (New Orleans)

Dewey Phillips "Red, Hot, and Blues" WHBQ (Memphis)

Ralph Richards WLOW (Norfolk, Va)

Joe Robinson KGFJ (L.A.)

Zenas "Daddy" Sears WGST (Atlanta)

Larry Shields "Jive Until Five" WFRP (Savannah, Ga)

Okey Dokey Smith WBOK (New Orleans)

Tex Stevens "Mister Cool" WMRY (New Orleans)

Kid Swingster WTTM (Trenton, NJ)

Ben Taylor WHEE (Richmond, Va)

Duke Theile "Poppa Stoppa" WMRY (New Orleans)

Chuck Thompson "Hucklebuck With Chuck" WFOR (Hattiesburg, Miss)

Charles Trammell KGFJ (L.A.)

Reed Whatley KFAB (Omaha, Neb)

Doc Wheeler WWRL (Woodside, NY)

LeRoy White "Rockin' With LeRoy" WJLB (Detroit)

John Sharp Williams KWBR (Oakland, Cal)

Nat Dee Williams WDIA (Menphis)

Vernon Winslow "Doctor Daddy-O" WSMB (New Orleans)

Roy Wood "Indiana Rhythm Express" WGRY (Gary, Ind)

George Woods WWRL (Woodside, NY)

. . . . . . . . . . . . .and of course WLAC in Nashville's three R & B pioneers extroadinaire :

John R. Richborg, Gene Nobles, and Bill "Hoss" Allen.

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