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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Pervis Spann.

Author: Pervis Spann; Julieanna L Richardson; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Radio host Pervis “the Blues” Spann was born on August 16, 1932. Raised in Itta Bena, Mississippi, he moved to the Midwest in 1949, enlisting in the U.S. Army. After completing his tour of duty, he moved to Chicago, where he attended broadcasting school. In the 1950s, Spann was hired in a four-hour overnight time slot on WOPA. In 1960, he organized his first concert, showcasing B.B. King and Junior Parker. In 1963,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Pervis Spann
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Pervis Spann; Julieanna L Richardson; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1000519508
Credits: Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Performer(s): Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Chicago, Illinois
2002 February 8.
Description: 1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 1 min., 16 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Pervis Spann
Pervis Spann

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Radio host Pervis “the Blues” Spann was born on August 16, 1932. Raised in Itta Bena, Mississippi, he moved to the Midwest in 1949, enlisting in the U.S. Army. After completing his tour of duty, he moved to Chicago, where he attended broadcasting school. In the 1950s, Spann was hired in a four-hour overnight time slot on WOPA. In 1960, he organized his first concert, showcasing B.B. King and Junior Parker. In 1963, Spann became the "all-night blues man" on WVON, a twenty-four-hour blues station. In 1975, WVON was sold and changed frequency. With Vernon Jarrett and Wesley South, Spann bought the license to the original frequency in 1979. WXOL had an all-blues format and many of the same voices from the old WVON. The station reclaimed its old call letters in 1983 and Spann's daughter, Melody Spann-Cooper, served as the station's general manager. Spann co-hosted Blues and More, on Chicago cable.

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