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WCLK Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Great Day In Atlanta Photo

Clark Atlanta University public radio station Jazz 91.9 WCLK celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a historic “Great Day in Atlanta” photograph. The iconic image featured CAU’s 5th President George T. French, Jr., Ph.D., the Honorable Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, former Atlanta Mayors Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin, and former First Lady of Atlanta Valerie Jackson representing the late Maynard Jackson.

The photograph imaged after the celebrated Art Kane Jazz Photo in Harlem in 1958 highlights some of Atlanta’s premiere jazz musicians, including Kathleen Bertrand, Chandra Currelley, Milkshake Mayfield, Joe Jennings, Ken Ford, Bob Baldwin, Phil Davis, Ragan Whiteside, Rhonda Thomas, Julie Dexter, Tony Hightower, Cleveland P. Jones, Brenda Nicole Moorer, Antoine Knight, JFly, Madoca, Carol Albert, Kipper Jones, William Green, Reggie Hines, Lori Williams, Dwan Bosman and many others.

With the Anniversary kickoff on April 10, 2024, the photo taken on the historic Harkness Hall steps on the Clark Atlanta University campus presented an opportunity for WCLK to embrace the richness of Jazz culture in Atlanta. It featured many of the station’s esteemed alumni, including media powerhouses Rose Scott, Shelley Wynter, Joyce Littel, Juandolyn Stokes, Rene Miller, and Stan Washington.

“Today marks a significant milestone in the history of WCLK. To gather and capture this momentous occasion with a 50th Anniversary photograph with so many dignitaries and jazz artists is overwhelming. We are grateful for everyone who participated and for their dedication, passion, and hard work which has made WCLK the vibrant station that it is,” says WCLK General Manager Wendy F. Williams. “We are forever thankful to be on this year-long journey in celebration of shared memories and accomplishments.”

Following the photo shoot, the station’s 50th Anniversary Reception took place at the Thomas W. Cole Research Building Exhibition Hall.

“WCLK AT 50” Partners include Clark Atlanta University, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Perfect Note ATL, The Ville: Fayetteville Amphitheatre, and The Atlanta Voice.