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Alabama Heritage Features DJ Joe Rumore

AH107.inddThe Winter 2013 issue of Alabama Heritage magazine showcases Birmingham native Joe Rumore, a popular Alabama radio disc jockey for more than 40 years at stations such as WAPI, WJLD, WBAM and WVOK. As a young boy, Rumore had a love for radio that he turned into a lifelong passion – and it changed broadcasting in the process. Rumore dominated local airwaves, and listeners adored him.

Edited by Elizabeth Wade and written by Emmy-winning Wendy Reed, producer/director for the Center for Public TV and Radio on the series “Bookmark,” “Discovering Alabama” and “The Alabama Experience,” this feature details the life and legacy of Rumore, which transcends time – not just because of all that he accomplished, but because it also reminds readers that sometimes good guys do finish first.

Also, in this issue, author and director of the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama John C. Hall takes readers on a field trip throughout the vast and varied lands of Alabama. Though much of the state’s geological prehistory remains mysterious, we know enough to marvel at its amazing place in North America’s formation.

Sergio Lussana, visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London, uses firsthand accounts to provide evidence of something that was long rumored: Many male slaves participated in organized fighting matches on Alabama plantations.

Coinciding with an exhibit at the Birmingham Public Library, author Andrew Nelson gives a close-up look at early 20th-century photography by the African-American Shackelford family of Fayette County, which reveals a rare glimpse of Alabama rural life of those days.

Popular departments include Southern Architecture and Preservation; Becoming Alabama; Revealing Hidden Collections; Southern Religion; Nature Journal and more.

Alabama Heritage magazine, celebrating 26 years of publishing, is co-published by The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The quarterly magazine covers a variety of subjects related to Alabama history and culture and has garnered numerous local, regional and national awards over the years. Copies are available for purchase at The University of Alabama Supply Store, at Barnes & Nobles and Books-a-Millions throughout the state, and online at