Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Magic City Flickr Group, Neon in B'ham, neon signs, Photographs
Pardon the cheese, it was on a bet from a few months back. I figured the safest way to begin a renaissance at the Ramblings (at least this version) is by restarting the Neon in Birmingham series. For those new to the game, we take images of all of the neon signs located in Birmingham, AL proper. Why? Just because…
This is one of the newer signs here in town. It belongs to the new offices for Sims Architectural Studio. The office was formerly located on 20th Street in the city center. Now they’re enjoying digs in what’s becoming another design district for the city along 2nd Avenue South.
The official homepage for the series has moved to the (soon to be) new home for Dre’s Ramblings. You can always check out the Flickr set for the series and visit the Magic City Flickr Group’s set for more images.
Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Neon in B'ham, neon signs
East Lake Auto is located near I-59 in North East Lake section of Birmingham. The current sign pictured here still isn’t as cool as the original neon sign that is no longer functioning. My urban landscapes professor (as well as my old boss in Savannah) would like the urban look of the dealership. Of course, all of this talk just means that I’m going to have to go out there one day and take a picture of the other sign.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Neon in Birmingham series.
Enjoy the day,
Filed under: AL, art, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, history, Neon in B'ham, neon signs, Photographs, Random shots
Holiday greetings welcome you in their window while the warm glow of Vogue Cleaners’ sign lights up what became an otherwise overcast day in the Magic City. The business won an award in 2003 from the Birmingham Historical Society recognizing the restoration of the sign, originally installed in 1947. Click here to view the brief as well as to see what other projects won preservation awards at the local level in 2003.
Merry Christmas to all and safe travel to those of you that will be hitting the roads today.
Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Farmer's Markets, Neon in B'ham, neon signs, Photographs, Random shots
There are some that only know of the farmers market held in the parking lot of Pepper Place during the summer. Then there are those that make the trek out to see what else may be available.
The Jefferson County Farmer’s Market is located one block off of Finley Avenue in Birmingham’s northwest section. It is one of several markets found throughout the state. The site is open seven days a week and serves as a great location for those in the know that seek farm fresh produce throughout the year. It’s also a great place to go for that last minute Christmas tree purchase (similar to what we did yesterday). It would be cool to see the sign fully functional again. It also appears that the land surrounding the market is available for other opportunities.
Enjoy the day.
Filed under: AL, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Cities, Civic Engagement, Clear Channel, clearchannel, Commentary, gospel, Hallelujah FM, Neon in B'ham, Photographs, radio, The Birmingham News, The Vulcan, The X at 100.5, WENN-FM
More than 60 people were gathered in Kelly Ingram Park to take part in a peaceful protest concerning the sudden change in format at 105.5, the station that currently uses the historic call letters WENN (described best in this Neon in B’ham post) in Birmingham, Alabama. The event was organized by Willis Pride, a former employee for Hallelujah FM when the signal served as one of the few 24-hour all gospel FM formats in the country. That was until last weekend when the station switched to a rock format adopting the name 105.5 The Vulcan. There are several posts here on the Ramblings blog pertaining to the change. There are links to three of them from this post on Curtis Palmer’s blog.
Here is an additional link to the Birmingham News article that ran in Saturday’s edition:
Gospel-music fans plan to protest radio station’s switch to alternative rock, The Birmingham News, 12.9.2006
The organizers plan on holding another rally next week Saturday at 12 noon, providing an opportunity for the word to get out among the community and to show radio executives that they will not stop until their voices are heard. This would most likely mean that another FM station would fill the void left with the loss of the FM gospel station. At some point the radio carousel will probably slow down, but as my friend John points out in his comment to one of my posts about the situation, terrestrial radio as we know it will never be the same. Loyalty to a station owned by a conglomerate will not necessarily secure its format for the long term. The monetary gains that a station makes by reinventing itself again and again may turn out to be more important.
The crowd included area religious leaders and AM gospel radio stations WAGG and WAYE. Those that spoke did not talk about retaliation towards Clear Channel, the owner of the station. Representatives from Clear Channel were invited to attend the event, but did not do so. They spoke of the loss of a ministry on the airwaves, a phrase that I’ve heard many times but one that takes on a new meaning given this situation.
There should be stories on this evening’s broadcasts of ABC 33/40 and a wrap-up on Fox 6 (since they showed up after the event was over). I plan on posting additional images to a Flickr photoset within the hour. I saw two messages from the event and learned different things from both. The first is best summed up by this close up of an image taken at the rally.
There are times when you really need to listen before acting. I’ve had this lesson beat into my head throughout my professional career but it’s always good to hear it again. The long term effects of the station change for residents of the City of Birmingham remain to be seen. I do hope that someone is listening to this group. Unlike the first station switch, their outcry has not been answered as of yet; no one has stepped in to fill their void. We’ll see if a conglomerate or a group of concerned people decide to step up to the plate.
The second will be best expressed… in my next post (later on today).