Beverly Lindsay-Johnson oral history interview

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Main contributors
Lindsay-Johnson, Beverly (interviewee); Annabelle Smith (interviewer)
Beverly Lindsay-Johnson was interviewed for the Joseph "Tex" Gathings oral history recordings in 2022. 

In this oral history, documentary film maker Beverly Lindsay-Johnson discusses the history and significance of Joseph "Tex" Gathings' contributions to radio and television in Washington, D.C.  Lindsay-Johnson recounts how and why she met Gathings in 1998 during her research on "The Teenarama Dance Party" television show he produced in the 1960s, which began on WOOK radio and then moved to WOOK-TV.  She shared her impressions of his personality, and background information about his radio and television career.  She also talks about Gathings' efforts to open the field of public broadcasting to minorities, specifically the Black community, and how he influenced others' careers in broadcasting.  She discusses how the "Milt Grant Show" was a precursor to "Teenarama" as well as how integration unfolded in the context of these two programs.  She shares stories about how "Teenarama" impacted minority community culture in Washington, D.C. 
History Associates, Inc.
oral histories
Broadcasting, Communications
Commercial Broadcasting
Special Collections and University Archives
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Physical Description
Recording: 00:50:49 (mp3); Transcript: 24 pages (pdf)
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Joseph "Tex" Gathings oral history recordings
An interview transcript is available.

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