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JACK MITCHELL

WHER

Memphis, Tennessee Station

When WHER-AM 1430 broadcast for the first time on 29 October 1955, it was staffed almost entirely by women, a phenomenon never before seen in U.S. radio. An experiment in novelty during a period of declining radio audiences and revenues, WHER would demonstrate and confirm women's competencies in the radio industry and inspire women to pursue careers in the industry.

The brainchild of Memphis record producer Sam Phillips (who first recorded Elvis Presley, Johnny ...

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