WEDR-AM (AM 1220) was a radio station. When it went on the air on Sunday, September 4, 1949 it was hailed as the first "All-Negro" radio station in the South.
The station's owners were white, including president and general manager Ed Reynolds, vice president Leah Doss and secretary-treasurer John A. Thompson. Its eight employees, including on-air talent and sales staff, were all African-American. The station's offices and studio were located in the Forniss Building at 1417 4th Avenue North.
Shortly after the station went on the air, its broadcast antenna was damaged in a racially-motivated bombing.
Shelley Stewart began his radio career at WEDR in 1953. Other personalities included Eddie Castleberry, King Porter and Robelia Pope.
The WEDR call letters were acquired by Ed Rivers for a station in South Florida in 1963.
September 1949 - 1963
- "All-Negro Station Goes On Air Sunday" (September 2, 1949) Birmingham Age-Herald - via The Birmingham Black Radio Museum - accessed October 8, 2019, .