They Called Me Syrup Sopper

by Clyde W. Price



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/29/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9781585009008

About the Book

This is the true story of a boy, born and raised on a poor farm in rural North Alabama. In it he reminisces about his hard-working family and their struggles to barely survive during and after the great depression of the thirties. It is about his determination to acquire an education, his career in broadcasting as a country music disc jockey and radio station owner and manager in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is about how he at nineteen years of age and his young wife, also nineteen, began from nothing, then retired after forty years as multi-millionaires.
The author intended to write a series of comical stories, things that had actually happened to him and his friends, but in doing so he gets into a serious discussion of some of the not so funny things that happened to him as he pursued his career. His discussion touches on his relationships with friends, family, employees, government, famous broadcasters, politicians, and sports figures, including Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant.

He writes about his serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters and his eight years on the Board of the Associated Press.

The ending chapters describe his almost unbelievable number of health problems from cataracts in his eyes to a leg amputation. The reader should find this work to be easy reading. It was meant to be a funny story, but in case you find something in it that is serious, so be it. We think you will enjoy They Called Me Syrup Sopper.

About the Author

Clyde W. Price was born March 26, 1932, the seventh child of Walter and Gertie Price, on a small farm in rural Cullman County Alabama. The house in which he was born had no electricity or indoor plumbing but his was a family that was close knit and bound together by loving parents who did the very best they could raise their children to appreciate their God and Country.

He was educated in the public schools of Cullman County, Auburn University, Saint Bernard College and the University of Alabama.

He began his broadcasting career at 16 years of age as a part-time announcer on WFMH in Cullman. While attending the University of Alabama, he worked as a Country Music Disc Jockey. That is when his listeners first began calling him Syrup Sopper. After graduation he served in the army Signal Corps for two years. He returned home to resume a career that would offer him an opportunity to become a radio station owner and manager.

He was very active in the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. A charter member of the Country Music Disc Jockeys Association, which is now known as the Country Music Association (CMA). He sold his radio stations in 1989, retired and with his wife Caroll still lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.