Swing Bridge Operator Stephen Brown | Original SC

By Tabitha Safdi

Swing Bridge Operator Stephen BrownStephen Brown is a swing bridge operator working in Beaufort, S.C. At a young 66 years old, Mr. Brown told us stories of growing up in Beaufort, his 35 years with the fire department and his love for the bridge. He left us with words of wisdom, that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Mr. Brown would know. He was the first African American firefighter to work for Beaufort County.

Carolina Music Museum Brings History to Life in an Instrumental Way

By Bradley Fuller

449c7f33-4334-4288-8f7c-18db67287190It’s not the harpsichord just inside the entryway of the Carolina Music Museum that comes as such a surprise, but the sign on top of it. “Play Me,” it reads—two words seldom seen on keyboards in public spaces unless preceded by “Please Do Not.” Dr. Thomas Strange, Artistic Director and Curator of the museum located on Greenville’s Heritage Green, considers such interaction an important part of a visitor’s experience. “It’s a bit of an experiential museum, so there are things that you can actually play. And we encourage people to explore a little bit,” Strange says. With an exhibit like Seven...

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, February 2020

By Anthony Padgett

Miles DavisDear Viewers and Listeners: In February, we celebrate Black History Month with programming that highlights the talents and achievements of African Americans. Our own Carolina Stories series focuses on photographer Richard Samuel Roberts and jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie ; and tells the history of Charlie’s Place , an African-American nightclub from the 1930s to the 1960s. Other specials highlight the accomplishments of actor Harry Lennix, composer/band leader/trumpeter Miles Davis, former Chairman of BET Debra Lee, and many more. New this month, The Frankie Drake Mysteries is a detective...

Andrew Pickens | SC Hall of Fame

Andrew PickensWatch an eight minute biography of the life of American Revolution militia leader and US Congressman, General Andrew Pickens. Through the use of available archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations this program details Pickens' military contributions, leading up to, during and following the War of Independence.

Ronald Erwin McNair | SC Hall of Fame

Ronald Erwin McNair Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Ronald McNair was the second African-American to go into space, and was part of the STS-51L crew that died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off in January 28, 1986.

Artist Jim Victor | Original SC

By Tabitha Safdi

Jim VictorJim Victor is an abstract painter living in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He started drawing and painting during his school years when he became intrigued by the works of the world's greatest artists. When a local department store had a sale on art books Jim "bought them all!" Victor is a self taught artist and much of his success can be attributed to his wife.

Columnar Stinkhorn

By Rudy Mancke

A column stinkhorn (Clathrus columnatus).Clathrus columnatus, commonly known as the column (or columnar) stinkhorn, has a widespread distribution, and has been found in Africa, Australasia, and the Americas. It may have been introduced to North America with exotic plants.

South Carolina Between World Wars: The Beginnings of Black Activism

By Alfred Turner

Unidentified African American soldier in uniform with marksmanship qualification badge and campaign hat, with cigarette holder in front of painted backdrop.Black South Carolinians, despite poverty and discrimination, began to organize and lay the basis for the civil rights movement that would occur after World War II. Dr. Bobby Donaldson of the University of South Carolina talks about the efforts by black South Carolinians to obtain justice and civil rights during a time of economic collapse and political change. All Stations: Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Feb 02, 4 pm

Andrew Jackson | SC Hall of Fame

Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson was born in Lancaster County, South Carolina in 1767. He fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Jackson became a lawyer and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. He was the first Democrat elected U.S. President, serving from 1829-1837. During his tenure, the country underwent great economic expansion.

Double-Crested Cormorants

By Alfred Turner

A double-crested cormorantThe double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. Its habitat is near rivers and lakes as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico.