Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 149 Ray MooreReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 149 Ray Moore

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 149 Ray Moore

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 149 Ray Moore
Creator: Moore, Ray
Dates: 2013 April 23
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Ray Moore (b. 1922) was an Atlanta TV newsman for twenty-three years. In 1951, he joined WSB Radio and then WSB-TV the following year. Moore resigned as news director of WSB, in 1969, and joined WAGA-TV (Channel 5) until he retired from broadcasting entirely in 1974. Moore produced a number of documentaries on penal reform, school desegregation, hunger, religion, and urban development. Moore discusses his work with WSB, covering legislative news in Georgia, and his experience making documentaries.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Ray Moore (b. 1922) was an Atlanta TV newsman for twenty-three years. In 1951, he joined WSB Radio and then WSB-TV the following year. Moore resigned as news director of WSB, in 1969, and joined WAGA-TV (Channel 5) until he retired from broadcasting entirely in 1974. Moore produced a number of documentaries on penal reform, school desegregation, hunger, religion, and urban development

Scope and Content

Ray Moore discusses his early life in the South. He reflects on attending Columbia University and working his first job in Tennessee.

Moore recalls working for WSB Radio before transferring to WSB-TV. He discusses the "great hotdog incident" and the nature of live commercials. Moore explains how he became a newscaster and his earlier experience delivering the weather. He recalls hiring Tom Brokaw before he worked at NBC news. Moore reflects on covering legislative actions and civil rights demonstrations.

Moore discusses his work with the MLK and JFK assassination stories. He recalls locating the white Mustang MLK's killer escaped in. Moore discusses his documentaries about segregation in Los Angeles, North Carolina, and the University of Georgia. He reflects on Governor Vandiver's actions during desegregation, the Sibley Commission, and the county unit system.

Moore reflects on covering the Civil Rights Movement. He discusses the Rich's sit-ins orchestrated by Lonnie King. Moore comments on his experiences interviewing famous people such as Bobby Jones and Bobby Kennedy. He recalls Paul Jones' scathing editorial in the Atlanta Constitution and recalls his own response on television. Moore explains his experience switching stations and working for Channel 5. Moore reflects on his work in bringing the Olympics to Atlanta by writing and narrating an interactive television program for the International Olympic Committee.

Moore comments on his documentary called "The Search" and why he didn't accept a position at NBC.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 149, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Civil rights movements--Georgia.
College integration--Georgia--Athens--History.
Journalism--United States--Georgia.
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968--Assassination.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Olympic Games (26th : 1996 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Olympics.
Oral histories.
School integration--Georgia.
Television news programs.
Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005.
WSB-TV (Television station: Atlanta, GA)

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Ray Moore collection, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Ray Moore papers, ms 3774, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 149 Ray Moore video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 149 Ray Moore video (Extent: 103.0 minutes ) Access Online