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WHER: Memphis’ First All-Girl Radio Station

In Podcast by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Rebecca all about Memphis’ first all-girl radio station, WHER. Started by Sam Phillips in 1955, WHER featured women at all levels of making radio happen, from ad sales to management and, of course, the jockettes. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play There were a lot of …

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Our Visit to Sam Phillips Recording Service

In Midtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Sam Phillips first heard the rhythm that would make him, and many musicians, famous while picking cotton alongside black laborers. A visit to Beale Street at sixteen sealed the deal. Phillips opened his first studio, The Memphis Recording Service, in 1950. He recorded anything, even speeches and weddings. Two years later he launched the Sun Studio label. The rest is, …