Title: Jack Gibson describes the relationship between radio station WERD and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference office that shared the building
Creator: Smithsonian Productions
Date Created: 1993-09-14
Physical Dimensions: WAV
Transcript: SCLC had their offices right under the radio station. And Dr. King's office was there. And as Ralph Abernathy, and Andy Young, and all of them. They used to come there all the time. So whenever we wanted to give announcements, we would, you know, they'd even hand it to us. Or, they'd bring it upstairs to the station. Or if Dr. King, or one of his lieutenants wanted to make a speech direct, what they would do is take a broomstick and hit it on the ceiling. And I knew that was the cue.
So, if I was on the air I'd say, "And we pause in this program for a message from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of SCLC."
And as I was saying that, I was letting the microphone out the window so that he could put his hand out the window on the first floor and bring the microphone in, make the speech, and the cue was, "Thank you, and we'll see you tonight at Ebenezer Baptist Church," or wherever.
And I would say, "And we have just heard another message from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of SCLC And now on with our programming."
And then I'd bust loose with saying, "Look out, mama! Here we come with some more of this good, funky music." And then I'd go into my regular act.
Special collection number: SC 39
Special collection name: Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was