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Teenarama: Interview with Al Jefferson, Bobby Lane, and Charles 'Chaz' Hall

Object Details

Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
Scope and Contents
Al Jefferson, Bobby Lane, and Charles 'Chaz' Hall discussed the Teenarama radio program and how it evolved into the Teenarama dance program. Jefferson explained his role in the development of WOOK radio and the radio station's history, including a description of the radio station's programming and other on-air personalities. Jefferson and Lane talked about Richard Eaton - his personality, business sense, his relationship with the community, his family - and the program he hosted titled 'Unity Viewpoint.' They also talked about students' roles in the programming of Teenarama; the recruitment of the students; and recording of shows in the fishbowl at Waxie Maxie's record store. Hall described how he started at WOOK when he was in high school; how his interest evolved into learning more and more about the business side of broadcasting; and the various shows he worked on for WOOK. Lane, Hall, and Jefferson talked about Tex Daners and their relationship with him as well as the opening of the dance hall for teenagers called Casino Ball. They also talked about Bob King and 'Teenarama,' the television program. The interview was part of the research for the documentary 'Dance Party: The Teenarama Story.'
Interviews. Audio only. Part of the Teenarama Collection. Dated 19980927.
2 Sound recordings (audio cassette)
Archival materials
Sound recordings
African Americans
D.C. hand dance
Television programs
African Americans on television
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Collection Rights
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Teenarama: Interview with Al Jefferson, Bobby Lane, and Charles 'Chaz' Hall, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.06-055, Item ACMA AV005296_A
Local Numbers
ACMA AV005296_B ACMA AV005274_A ACMA AV005274_B
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