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Atlanta, Georgia
March 19, 1985
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168 pages
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Elmo Ellis was born Elmo Israel in a small coal mining community in Alabama (West Blocton) during the Depression. His parents were from Russia and Poland and Elmo received little Jewish education although the family celebrated major holidays. He majored in journalism at the University of Alabama, where he was active in the student news bureau. After graduation (in 1940), he went to work for WSB Radio. He was the first Jew hired there and he changed his name from 'Israel' to 'Ellis' for publicity reasons. Later, he moved into television production with Cox Broadcasting in Atlanta and then in New York. He returned to Atlanta as the Vice-President and General Managers of WSB AM-FM Radio. In this capacity, he reported and reflected on major cultural, political, and social events of the last half of the twentieth century, including the Temple bombing, civil rights and race relations. After his retirement at age 62 he continues to speak and write a syndicated radio program and newspaper column.

OHC-Elmo Ellis

Elmo Ellis (1918 - ) - Oral History

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