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Special Collections and Archives,
Tarver, Jack (Jackson Williams),
Jack Tarver research collection
.63 linear ft.in 2 boxes
Jackson Williams "Jack" Tarver was born
March 2, 1917, in Savannah, Georgia, the only son of banker and hotelier Otis
M. Tarver and deLuth Williams Tarver. In 1938, he graduated from Mercer
University in Macon with a degree in journalism and began his professional
career at The Vidalia Advance The Jack Tarver
Research Collection includes logs, indices, one transcript and sound copies of
WSB, WABE and WAOK radio programs from the 1950s and the 1960s.
Organization of the Collection
Organized into 2 series:
Series I. Trancript and logs
Series II. Recordings
Preservation Note: The original tracks were recorded on reel to reel
tapes and have been re-recorded on compact disc. User copies and
transcripts/logs when available, are for use in the Georgia State University
Special Collections reading room.
Scope and Content of the Collection
The Jack Tarver Research Collection includes logs, indices, one
transcript and sound copies of WSB, WABE and WAOK radio programs from the 1950s
and the 1960s. Broadcast topics include: interviews with Ralph McGill in which
he speaks of his childhood, communism in Guatemala and the Chattahoochee River;
radio commentator Louis Lyons' tribute to Ralph McGill; a salute to Henry W.
Grady with a re-enactment of his "New South" speech from 1886; commentary on
1964 current events from the radio program "Cracker Crumble"; and a recording
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's Nobel Peace Prize Dinner. Tribute is paid to
Dr. King by Atlanta clergymen and politicians, followed by Dr. King's address
to the audience.
Other subjects and programs included within this collection are:
Atlanta radio broadcast programs by Harry Evans and Dan Reynolds; the national
radio broadcast team of Huntley and Brinkley reporting on the events of 1963; a
Meet the Press program featuring the "Poet of
Democracy" Carl Sandburg; a CBS memorial program for Edward R. Murrow;
reminiscences of John F. Kennedy and reflections on his assassination; the last
speech of Virginia Senator Alben W. Barkley; astronaut Scott Carpenter's second
American manned orbital flight on May 24, 1962; speeches, press conferences and
interviews by William B. Hartsfield, Ralph McGill, and Marvin Griffin; Jack
Tarver's review of the film, Gone With The Wind;
radio broadcasted speeches of John F. Kennedy as senator, presidential
candidate and president; and a United Press International radio program on
Kennedy's trip to Texas in 1963.
The one transcript provided with this collection accompanies Lester
Maddox's WSB radio press conference. Governor of Georgia at the time, Maddox
proposes to reporters a boycott of Atlanta's two daily newspapers, the
Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution. Maddox accuses local media
coverage of being unfair and biased against both him and his administration. He
claims that the Atlanta newspapers are socialist propaganda vehicles that have
also waged a war against public education, business owners, and the people of
Biography of Jack Tarver
Jackson Williams "Jack" Tarver was born March 2, 1917, in Savannah,
Georgia, the only son of banker and hotelier Otis M. Tarver and deLuth Williams
Tarver. In 1938, he graduated from Mercer University in Macon with a degree in
journalism and began his professional career at The
Vidalia Advance. His humor columns attracted the attention of Ralph
McGill, editor of The Atlanta Constitution, who
persuaded Tarver to leave his job as editor of The Macon
News and join the Atlanta paper in 1943. Tarver was named assistant to
the president of Atlanta Newspapers, Inc. in 1950 when the
Journal and Constitution came under the same ownership. During his
tenure with Atlanta Newspapers, he held a variety of leadership positions,
including vice president from 1956-57, president from 1957-58, and publisher
from 1958 to 1976. He served as vice chairman of Atlanta Newspapers' parent
company, Cox Enterprises, Inc., from 1976 to 1983. He also served as chairman
of the Associated Press from 1977 to 1983. Tarver was a member of the American
Society of Newspaper Publishers, serving as chairman of the Bureau of
Advertising from 1962-64 and president of the society from 1976-77. Jack Tarver
died at his home in Atlanta on March 22, 1999.
WSB Radio, the first radio station to broadcast in the city of
Atlanta, was "born" on March 15, 1922. The station was originally owned by
The Atlanta Journal and broadcast from a makeshift
studio on the fifth floor of the Journal building
on Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta. In 1925 the station moved to more
spacious quarters on the top floor of the Biltmore Hotel, where it remained for
the next thirty years. Both The Journal and WSB
were purchased by Governor James M. Cox of Ohio in 1939; WSB is still a
property of Cox Broadcasting Corporation, which was formed when Cox operations
reorganized in 1964.
WABE, Georgia's first public radio station, signed on the air
September 13, 1948. The Atlanta Board of Education and the Fulton County Board
of Education funded the station, which was housed atop Atlanta's old City Hall.
The Atlanta Board of Education (ABE) holds the license for the station, hence
the station's call letters - WABE. Initially, the radio station was used
exclusively for instructional support for Atlanta and Fulton County children
and broadcast only during school hours. In 1971, WABE became a charter member
of National Public Radio (NPR). By 1982, WABE began broadcasting NPR News and
classical music programming twenty-four hours a day.
WAOK is Georgia's fifth oldest continuously licensed AM broadcast
station. It went on the air (with brand new call letters) on March 15, 1954,
adopting a black rhythm and blues and gospel music format. In 1956, WAOK was
acquired by The Atlanta OK Broadcasting Company. In 1991 Infinity Broadcasting
acquired WAOK and ten years later, in 2001, WAOK changed formats from gospel to
news and talk.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-
Allen, Ivan, 1911-
Barkley, Alben William,
Carpenter, M. Scott (Malcolm Scott),
Grady, Henry Woodfin,
Griffin, Marvin, 1907-1982
Hallinan, Paul J.
Hartsfield, William Berry
Huntley, Chet, 1911-1974
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald),
King, Martin Luther, Jr.,
Lyons, Louis Martin, 1897-
Mays, Benjamin E. (Benjamin Elijah),
McGill, Ralph, 1898-1969
Murrow, Edward R.
Powers, David F. (David Francis),
Rothschild, Jacob M.,
Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing),
Tarver, Jackson Williams,
Restrictions on Access
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
This collection is for research use only. To quote in print, or
otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the
Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain
permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holders of
the copyrights; in this case, WSB TV and Radio, a subsidiary of Cox
Enterprises; 90.1 FM WABE, member-supported public radio; and News&Talk
1380 WAOK, owned by Infinity Broadcasting. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to
limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
[item], [series title], Jack Tarver research collection, M197, Popular
Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Margaret Tarver, March 17, 2004.
Related materials in other repositories:
Clifford Hodges Brewton Collection of Lester G. Maddox Speech/Press
Records, 1964 - 1976. University of Georgia Libraries. Richard B. Russell
Library for Political Research and Studies, Athens, GA.
Related materials in this repository:
Lester Maddox oral history interviews, 1988-1989. Georgia Government
Documentation Project, Special Collections Department, Georgia State
University, Atlanta, GA.
WSB Radio records, M004, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections
Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.