3 Postcards: Dan Brennan / WVOK

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3 Postcards: Dan Brennan / WVOK


Three promotional photo postcards for WVOK radio personality Dan Brennan, Birmingham, Alabama. Also featured in the postcards are Brennan's wife Clara and members of their growing family, children Danny and Susan.

Born in Brickyard, Alabama, Brennan — along with his older brothers Bill and Cyril — belonged to a powerful family of radio broadcasters; in addition to Birmingham's WVOK, the Brennans owned popular stations in Montgomery, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The youngest Brennan brother began at WVOK as an announcer in 1947 and emerged as a popular on-air personality across the family's stations. As host of WVOK's Dixie Jamboree, he presided over a live stage show of local country performers through the 1950s. By the close of that decade he had launched the long-running, celebrity-packed Shower of Stars concert series, bringing to Birmingham and other southern cities a long list of major rock and roll, country, and pop artists.

All postcards courtesy John Horton, who obtained the originals from the estate of Dan Brennan.

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“3 Postcards: Dan Brennan / WVOK,” Southern Music Research Center, accessed July 14, 2024, https://southernmusicresearch.org/items/show/1580.