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Goldie Thompson

Goldie Thompson, a gentle man with a giant voice, introduced black radio to Tampa Bay in 1949 when he landed a weekly gospel radio show on WHBO which had recently signed on the air. A year later, management offered him a daily program featuring popular music, but he accepted only after it was agreed that he could devote 30-minutes of the show to sacred music.

In 1955, he signed a three-year contract with Tampa’s new all-black radio station WIOK, and was given three hours a day on the air Monday through Friday for his “Peace in the Valley” and “The Old Ship of Zion” shows. Sundays, he hosted “Breakfast with Goldie” and “The Goldie Thompson Hour,” broadcast from the Robert James Hotel on Burlington Avenue North in St. Pete’s Methodist Town neighborhood. After WIOK was sold in 1956 and became WTMP, he stayed on with the station, spinning the records and continuing to ply his trademark close to commercials, "And tell 'em Goldie sent ya!"

Before he was on the radio, Goldie was known on both sides of the bay as a gospel music concert promoter. He had also gained statewide fame as the leader of a gospel quartet called the Thompson Four. After World War II, he returned home and took over the Manhattan Casino, a showcase for local and nationally-known black entertainers on 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg.

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