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The Arts Foundation Of Olde Towne is a neighborhood based, Arts & Humanities incubator that serves to host and produce projects that are about, or initiated by residents from the Near East Area of the City Of Columbus, Ohio.

Edward Eddie Sanders


Edward Eddie Sanders
Instrument: Disc Jockey
Description: Saunders began his career by singing on street corners accompanying himself with a ukulele. It was singing that brought him to Columbus in 1937, when he formed a quartet performing primarily gospel music. Saunders went to WRFD in 1946 to ask for a time slot for his vocal group, and ended up the first African-American disc jockey in central Ohio. He played gospel, Jazz and rhythm and blues on his programs and through the years worked for WRFD, WHKO and WVKO. His work led him to interview Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday among many others. Saunders is the recipient of numerous awards and has been named a permanent member of The Ohio Historical Society where more than 200 of his taped programs are on file.

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC18-21

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