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June 21, 1950

WRVA Souvenir Radio Log, 1929, Booklet, WRVA Radio Collection, Accession 38210, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

C.T. Lucy Interviewed Freeman Gosden

This recording is part of an interview by Calvin Tompkins Lucy, of WRVA, of Freeman Gosden (1899–1982), who portrayed Amos, on the “Amos 'n' Andy” radio show. Gosden and Charles Correll (1890–1972), both of whom were white, created the Amos and Andy characters. Their show was based in vaudeville and minstrel humor with black southern dialect and was immensely popular with radio listeners from the late 1920s to the 1950s. In the full interview, Gosden discussed the upcoming “Amos 'n' Andy” television show. The TV show aired for two years before being cancelled in response to protests from the NAACP.

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