Sunday, October 18, 2015

Atlanta's Alley Pat - Black Radio's Mouth of the South

Atlanta, if you have not seen the award-winning documentary on Alley Pat, the outrageous radio host who started in 1951 on the country's first black owned radio station Atlanta's WERD, as well as WYZE and WAOK, you are missing out! From his sparing with Hosea Williams to his unique local advertising, knowledgeable record spinning, skewering hypocrisy, and bailing out civil rights workers, he was such an authentic person. 

I remember my parents playing his a.m. radio show when I was in elementary school. He made you laugh, think and have pride about your community. I'm glad I'm old enough to remember when this type of local radio was vibrant and powerful. 

There are some great (and even hilarious) stories about the night before Dr. King died, Pat's trips to racist Georgia towns to bail out civil rights workers and his banter with his radio public. Even if you are not from Atlanta, if you appreciate soul, blues and jazz, and a wild personality who had some purpose in his mischievousness, you will LOVE this documentary: #BlackHistoryMatters #MouthOfTheSouth


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