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“Chatty” Hattie Leeper oral history interview 2, 2006 December 12

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In the second of three interviews, "Chatty" Hattie Leeper discusses her career with AM radio station WGIV in Charlotte, North Carolina as a DJ during the 1940s-1960s. Mrs. Leeper describes the mix of music and talk played at the station, the types of programming throughout the day, and how the station featured both national popular music and local artists. She describes how the station's employees and listeners were diverse, but the station was characterized as predominantly black, particularly in the early days. While advertisers on WGIV in the beginning were all black-owned businesses, Mrs. Leeper describes how white merchants soon began advertising on the station as well. She discusses the service mission of the radio station in the community and memorable guests on her program, ranging from local Charlotte residents to Ike and Tina Turner. Mrs. Leeper also recounts how she got her start as a DJ while a sophomore in high school.
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Sound
Format:
Spoken Word1 Audio File (1:21:03) : Digital, Mp3 + 1 Transcript (23 Pages : Pdf)
Contributors:
Wright, Christina (interviewer)
Created Date:
2006 12 12
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