M89-09 - RAY POINDEXTER JR. COLLECTION

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, books, photographs, and audiotapes relating to the radio career of Raymond Poindexter Jr. of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Ray Poindexter was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on October 23, 1922.  His father's work as a railroad section foreman made it necessary for the family to move to various towns in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri during the depression year of the 1930's.

After graduation from high school in 1940, Ray joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp, where he took advantage of the opportunity to begin his college career.  He received his B. A. degree two months early in 1943 so that he could enter the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at Notre Dame University.  As a Naval officer, he was in command of a landing craft tank vessel in the South Pacific.  He married Hazel Flint on January 22, 1944.  Then approximately two years later, he was released from active military duty in 1946.

His career in radio broadcasting began at radio station KBTM Jonesboro in July 1946.  Ray then went on to work at eight other radio stations from 1946-1959.  A desire to enter the field of education led to his acceptance of the position of English teacher at North Little Rock in March of 1959.  He received a Master's degree at Arkansas State Teacher's College in 1965.  Then he ran unsuccessfully in the 1966 election on the Republican ticket for a state representative position.

In June 1970, Ray gave up teaching to return to radio on a full-time basis.  He went on to author two books, Arkansas Airwaves (1974) and Golden Throats and Silver Tongues (1978).  He also published a newsletter, "Old time Announcers Club" from 1976-1980.

Ray Poindexter's radio career spanned forty-two years during which time he broadcast on over twenty-eight radio stations.  On March 11, 1988, Ray died of a sudden heart attack.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject areas and then chronologically within each subject.  When requesting materials, please specify collection number [M89-09] and file number when known.

Tracings:  Poindexter, Raymond Jr.; Raymond Poindexter Jr.; Entertainment and Entertainers; Historical Research - Arkansas Radio; Music and Musicians; Periodicals and Editors - Old Time Announcers Club Politics - Arkansas; Radio History; Writers

 

Box 1

File 1 – Personal Papers

File 2 – Politics/Political Campaigns

File 3 – Publicity

File 4 – Arkansas Radio History

File 5 – Old Time Radio Announcers Club Newsletters, 1976-1980

File 6 – Miscellaneous National Articles

File 7 – TV and Radio Personalities

File 8 – National Radio and TV News/Entertainment

File 9 – Photographs

Env 1 – Ray Poindexter, 1980

Env 2 – Ray Poindexter, 1980

Env 3 – Ray Poindexter, 1980

Env 4 – Ray Poindexter, 1978

Env 5 – Ray Poindexter and unknown cast members, 1970

Env 6 – Ray Poindexter and cast at an unknown play, 1970

Env 7 – Lum & Abner, 1970

Env 8 – Ray and Hazel Poindexter, 1970

Env 9 – Ray Poindexter and an unknown girl in an unknown play, 1970

Env 10- Ray Poindexter and unknown cast members, 1970

Env 11- Unknown cast members, 1970

Env 12- Jay Stewart, 1970

Env 13- Ray Poindexter and two unknown men at the zoo, 1960

Env 14- Ray and Hazel Poindexter, Randy Merriman, and Bess Myerson in the “The Big Payoff” game show, Jul. 1956

Env 15- unknown girl, 1955

Env 16- Ray Poindexter and an unknown man and women, 1953

Env 17- President Harry S. Truman in Newport, AR, Jun. 1952

Env 18- Lowell Thomas, 1950

Env 19- Ray Poindexter, 1950

Env 20- Ray Poindexter and unknown girl, 1950

Env 21- Ray Poindexter and two unknown men, 1950

Env 22- Stormy Nixon, 1938?

File 10- Photographs

Env 1- Ray Poindexter interviewing unknown Cardinal baseball player - Jul. 1948

Env 2- Ray Poindexter interviewing Cardinal baseball player - Jul. 1948

Env 3- Ted Rand interviewing Cardinal baseball player - Jul. 1948

Env 4- Ted Rand interviewing Cardinal baseball player - Jul. 1948

Env 5- Ted Rand interviewing Pittsburgh baseball player - Jul. 1948

Env 6- Ray Poindexter interviewing Cardinal baseball player - Jul. 1948

Env 7- Ted Rand interviewing unknown man - Jul. 1948

Env 8- Ray Poindexter interviewing Cardinal baseball player - Jul. 1948

Env 9- Ray Poindexter and unknown man at the radio station KBTM - 1947

Env 10- Aerial view of Iwo Jima – c. 1945

Env 11- Beachhead in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 12- Camp area in Iwo Jima - February- March 1945

Env 13- Marines under fire on beach in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 14- Memorial services in Iwo Jima - February- March 1945

Env 15- Japanese gun emplacement in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 16- Chapel of Christ in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 17- Fifth Marine Division Cemetery in Iwo Jima - Mar. 1945

Env 18- LCT 1357 offloading supplies in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 19- LCT 525 and 16 anchored in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 20- Aerial view LCT 525 and 16 in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 21- Aerial view LCT 525 and 16 in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 22- Beachhead in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 23- LCT 525 entering water in Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 24- LCT’s during Iwo Jima invasion - Feb. 1945

Env 25- LCT’s during Iwo Jima invasion - Feb. 1945

Env 26- Iwo Jima - Feb. 1945

Env 27- Iwo Jima and marines climbing a hill - Feb. 1945

Env 28- Iwo Jima beach landing - Feb. 1945

Env 29- Lt, Ray Poindexter, and unknown sailors - 1944

Env 30- Ensign Ray Poindexter, USNR - c. 1943

Env 31- Cardinal baseball dugout - Jul. 1948

Env 32- Ray Poindexter naval officer photo - 1945

File 11- Book: Arkansas Airwaves by Ray Poindexter

File 12- Play Script: “The Bishop’s Candlestick: A plan in one act” by Norman McKinnel

File 13- Play Script: “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial: A drama in two acts” by Herman Wouk

File 14- Play Script: “Carousel” by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II

File 15- Play Script: “The Curse of an Aching Heart; or Trapped in the Spider’s Web!” by Herbert E. Swayne

File 16- Play Script: “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller

File 17- Play Script: Part No. 8 Dialogue Part of Pop Father in Gypsy

File 18- Play Script: “Don’t Drink the Water” by Woody Allen

File 19- Play Script: “Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology” adapted, and arranged by Charles Aidman

File 20- Play Script: “If Men Played Cards as Women Do” a comedy in one act by George S. Kaufman

File 21- Play Script: “The Little Foxes” by Lillian Hellman

File 22- Play Script: “Look Out Lizzie”  (Note: the cover has been removed)

File 23- Play Script: “Natalie Needs a Nightie” a comedy in three acts by Neil and Caroline Schaffner

File 24- Play Script: “Our American Cousin” a drama in three acts by Tom Taylor

File 25- Play Script: “The Solid Gold Cadillac” by Howard Teichmann and George S. Kaufman

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Box 2

Item 1 - Scrapbook of Articles by Ray Poindexter

Item 2 - Scrapbook of Articles on Arkansas Airways

Item 3 - Scrapbook of Articles on Gospel Music Radio

Item 4 - Scrapbook of Articles on Announcers

Item 5 - Scrapbook:  Literary Book 1

Item 6 - Scrapbook:  Literary Book 2

Item 7 - Scrapbook:  Literary Book 3

Item 8 - Reel to Reel Tape (7”) The Poindexter Story, tape 1 of 6

Item 9 - Reel to Reel Tape (7”) The Poindexter Story, tape 2 of 6

Item 10- Reel to Reel Tape (7”) The Poindexter Story, tape 3 of 6

Item 11- Reel to Reel Tape (7”) The Poindexter Story, tape 4 of 6

Item 12- Reel to Reel Tape (7”) The Poindexter Story, tape 5 of 6

Item 13- Reel to Reel Tape (7”) The Poindexter Story, tape 6 of 6

Item 14- Reel to Reel Tape (7”):  Poems Read by Ray Poindexter

Item 15- Reel to Reel Tape (5”):  Movie Lister Interview

Item 16- Cassette Tape:  Ray Poindexter's Last Radio Show, 1 of 3, Mar. 1988

Item 17- Cassette Tape:  Ray Poindexter's Last Radio Show, 2 of 3, Mar. 1988

Item 18- Cassette Tape:  Ray Poindexter's Last Radio Show, 3 of 3, Mar. 1988

Item 19- Cassette Tape:  “Brother Hal” Webber, KLRA’s last day on the air, Jan. 1988

Item 20- Cassette Tape:  Big Story--Allen Coppethwait (side 1) and Joe Wirges (side 2)

Item 21- Cassette Tape:  Interviews with Lowell Thomas and Bing Crosby by Dick Cavitt

Item 22- Cassette Tape:  Hemingway program with Prof. Behrens (side A) and Anthony Quinn (side B)

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