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Mr.A Kept the air waves real in the age of ClearChanel. He swung those magic hours half way between midnight and dawn and will be forever loved and remembered for his work.
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Alfred B. Hudgins, better known as "Mr. A" to radio listeners in the
Chicago area. Born in Mississippi on September 24, 1929, broadcast his Blues In The Night show from 1 a.m. until the early morning on WNIB for 24 years. Many a
Chicago Blues fan drove home listening to his great show. He retired
(James Porter, Weekly Wire, December 13, 1999) ...In the black community, just like the country crowd is made up of former rockers, blues was always the music that older black folks turned to when they were too old to relate to soul music. In past decades there
was always a parallel black audience for the blues that was just outside
public sight: Bobby Rush, Willie Clayton, Denise LaSalle, Johnnie Taylor.
Sometime during the eighties, this kind of blues, more soul-oriented
than anything you'll hear in the North Side clubs, was eased off the black
stations—by this decade, you heard it mainly on specialty programs
(like Mr. A's late-night show on the otherwise classical WNIB-FM),
or on a station like WSSD-FM, which plays soul-blues all day, but
at 88.1 on the dial can only be heard on the South Side...