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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Wesley South

Bieschke, Paul; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Radio host Wesley South was born on March 23, 1914 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1924, his family moved to Chicago, Illinois where he graduated from Englewood High School. During World War II, South served two years in the U.S. Army. After leaving the service, he enrolled at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. In 1951, he was hired by the Chicago Defender. In December of that year, he joined the editorial staff of Johnson Publishing Company where he worked for nearly six years. In 1964, Wesley South's Hotline began its sixteen-year run on WVON Radio. During that time, South interviewed such luminaries as President John F. Kennedy, jazz great Duke Ellington, baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He became part owner of WVON in 1979 and stayed in this capacity until the partnership dissolved. South passed away on January 9, 2010, at age 95.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
237 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Wesley South
Wesley South
Credits
Videographer, Paul Bieschke.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2000 July 18.
Description
1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 56 min., 29 sec.)) : sound, color
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