MAYOR GARY RICHARDSON – BIOGRAPHY
Born in Birmingham Alabama, Gary Richardson is married to the former Willamena Rambo, and is the father of three sons and three daughters. Gary is a 1976 graduate of Jackson-Olin High School.
Gary is the oldest of four children and while attending Jackson-Olin took an active interest in radio, particularly in electronics. Gary obtained his first radio job in radio in 1977 at WZZK/WJLD.
In 1987, Gary bought radio station WJLD FM 104.1/AM 1400. He was possibly the youngest African American in American – at the age of 30 – to own a commercial radio station, a dream he imagined first at the age of 15. In 2011, Gary bought radio station WAYE 1220 AM.
A 35-year radio veteran, Gary has held every position in radio on and off the air, including Chief Engineer – drawing on his strong background in electronics – and General Manager – utilizing his leadership and developing business skills. Since 1989, Gary has been hosting a daily morning talk program – “Morning Talk” – and for the past 23 years, he has defied all odds in a mega-corporate market, navigating his station into what has become a powerful influence for progressive development in the Birmingham metropolitan area.
For ten years Gary was a classroom teacher at Jess Lanier High School where he taught Electronics inspiring students the way he was inspired. Gary is still employed with the Bessemer City School System where he heads the Technology department.
Gary holds a Master of Education degree in Technical Education from Alabama A&M University, Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from Excelsior College in Albany NY, Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University in Montgomery Al, an Associate in Mass Communications from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham Al.
Gary holds numerous industry certifications, including certified Professional Broadcast Engineer. In 2002, the Ibiquity Digital Corporation recognized Gary as a pioneer in the field of digital broadcasting in that he was the first in the United States to install an HD radio system on the AM band.
Gary is actively involved in his community having received numerous awards for community service. Gary has served two terms as President of the Midfield Neighborhood Association. He currently serves as President of the Midfield Voters League, past President of the Jefferson County Mayor’s Association, Vice-President of the Board of Directors for JCCEO, the Board of Commissioners of Red Mountain Park Commission, Board of Directors for the Regional Planning Commission and Board of Directors for the World Conference of Mayors.
In 2004, he was elected to his current position as Mayor of Midfield, Alabama, re-elected to a second term in 2008, and again for a third term in 2012.
He is a member of Faith Chapel Christian Church, and attributes all of his success to his faith in his lord and savior Jesus Christ.