Al Hobbs Interview, 2007

Finding aid created by AAAMC staff

Creator: Indiana University, Bloomington. Archives of African American Music and Culture
Title: Al Hobbs Interview
Collection No.: SC 147
Dates: 2007-06-08

Quantity: 2 Videocassettes

Quantity: MiniDV


Quantity: 1 transcript

Quantity: Word doc, 2 files

Abstract: Video recording of an interview with the legendary gospel music pioneer Al Hobbs by Keith McCutchen and Fredara Hadley at Hobbs' Indianapolis home in June of 2007.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Archives of African American Music and Culture
Smith Research Center, Rooms 180-181
2805 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47408-2601
Business Number: 812-855-8547

Biographical / Historical

Al "The Bishop" Hobbs was born in Louisville, Kentucky and became involved with gospel music from an early age. After migrating to Indianapolis from Louisville as a teenager, Hobbs embarked on a radio career with WTLC filling multiple roles from on-air announcing to sales. Hobbs later became a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA). In 1971, Hobbs was one of the founders of the Gospel Announcers Guild within the GMWA. Beginning in 1991, Hobbs served for four years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the GMWA. He later served as Vice-Chairman beginning in 2014. In addition to his work with the GMWA and WTLC, Hobbs launched Aleho International Records in 1992 as part of Aleho Enterprises, a company he founded in 1964. Hobbs was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998, and received awards, such as a 2007 Stellar Award, for his work in the gospel music industry. Al Hobbs passed away in 2014.

Scope and Contents

The collection is primarily comprised of 2 miniDV digital videocassettes of the interview. Digital video files of content transferred from the videocassettes and metadata files related to the digital video files are also included. Associated access and derivative files, such as digital transcripts, extracted audio files, and DVD-R project files are also stored with the collection materials.


Arranged in one series:

  1. Series 1: Video interview


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Related Materials

Al Hobbs tribute in Liner Notes #19

Indexed Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Al Hobbs Interview, SC 147, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Collection Inventory


1. Video interview , 2007-06-08
Al Hobbs interviewed at his home by Keith McCutchen and Fredara Hadley , 2007-06-08

Quantity: 2 Videocassettes

Quantity: MiniDV

Language: English .

Indexed Terms:

  • People:
    • Hobbs, Al

Shelf Number: MDV 299-300

Online Access: