Friday, August 06, 2010

Jetting Back Down Memory Lane - June 17, 1985

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

I'd like to "Jet"  back down memory lane for a moment, if you don't mind.  I have been a Jet subscriber for many years. As a former Louisville-area urban radio announcer, even as late as a year and a half ago, I was incomplete without my latest Jet edition in hand to reference on air. I have often told up-and-coming announcers to always keep a Bible, a Jet, and a newspaper in hand, and that it is not enough to play good gospel music, but one must constantly seek to communicate news and information that is both timely and relevant.  

This particular Jet Magazine, the June 17, 1985 edition holds a special place in my heart. It is a keepsake that both my husband, Bill Price and I still treasure. Bill Price is the General Manager of WLLV Radio, Christian Talk, and WLOU Radio, now an AM gospel formatted station. We are both pictured here in Jet Magazine amongst the staff members of then R&B formatted WLOU on page 24 in the article, "WLOU-AM Host Gas Sale In KY for 25 Cents Per Gallon".

The late John H. Johnson, Johnson Publishing Company, purchased WLOU Radio, Louisville, Kentucky in the early 1980's. I worked at WLOU from 1981 until 1988 and witnessed the transition in ownership from one pioneer, William E. Summers, III, who was one of the first African Americans in the nation to own and operate a radio station, to pioneer and media mogul John H. Johnson, owner and publisher of Johnson Publishing Company, the company that publishes Jet and Ebony Magazines. WLOU Radio became part of Johnson Communications during the early '80s and continued its season of prominence as a top-rated station both locally and at the national level under then program director Bill Price.

I bless God for Jet and Ebony Magazines. At a time when there was no internet, these magazines helped black Americans stay abreast of news and information relevant to our communities nationwide and throughout the world.

Read the entire Jet:  Jet Magazine, June 17, 1985

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