This Day in Pop Culture for January 12

Jeremy Camp was born on January 12, 1978.

Jeremy Camp is Born

Jeremy Thomas Camp was born in Lafayette, Indiana on this day in 1978. Born a preacher’s kid, it was his dad, Pastor Tom, who taught Jeremy how to play the guitar. While earning his associate of theology degree at Calvary Chapel Bible College, a fellow student heard him practicing his guitar and encouraged Jeremy to join the worship team. He released his first album independently in 2000, the same year that he married Melissa Lynn Henning. Unfortunately, she was later diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died after only four months of marriage. In 2003 Camp married Adrienne Liesching and they have two daughters and one son. During his career so far, Jeremy has released 11 albums with four of them being RIAA-certified Gold.

'Amos 'n' Andy' aired their first radio show on January 12, 1926.

The Birth of Amos 'n' Andy

“Amos ‘n’ Andy” has a colorful history. The famous radio show aired for the first time in Chicago’s WGN radio station on this day in 1926 as “Sam ‘n’ Henry.” Freeman Gosen and Charles Carrell, creators and stars of the show, were white but played two black men carrying on the tradition of “blackface” vaudville shows. In 1928, the pair took their show to a new station, WMAQ, however it became clear that the former station owned the rights to the name “Sam ‘n’ Henry” the actors changed the name of the show to “Amos ‘n’ Andy” and began to syndicate the program. The show went on for 22 years with more than 40 million listeners. In 1951, the show came to TV but with the actors replaced with Alvin Childress and Spencer Williams making the television show the first to feature an all-black cast. It was cancelled in 1953 due to protests that the show promoted racial stereotypes. Ironically, the radio show, with its original white actors, continued until 1960.

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