Gospel Quartet Scholar Doug Seroff

Doug Seroff has been researching and writing about African-American vernacular music for over 30 years. Much of his research concerns the gospel singing traditions of the Jefferson County area of Alabama. Archivist Kevin Nutt discusses this gospel singing traditions with Mr. Seroff. A strong public school music program during the 1920s and 1930s and the presence of talented, community “quartet trainers” are two of the characteristics Mr. Seroff discusses that contributed to what became known as the Birmingham Sound.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 5:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  

  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix City) 

This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.state.al.us/actc/1/radioseries.html#seroff

If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov

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