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Charles "Big Saul" Greene
One of the Three Horsemen, a World War 11 Veteran, a Businessman

by Rozalin Jordan

Hamp (King Bee) Swain and Ray (Satellite Papa) Brown

"Hold your head up and your shoulders back; stand up and be a man". This is the advice that all parents should give their sons. This is the advice that Charles "Big Saul" Greene gave his son, Krishna. Krishna stood up, held his head up, his shoulders back and became a pilot and a lieutenant Colonel. One can stand up and be a man if he follows some of the examples that Saul lived by. Big Saul was a giant of a man in more ways than one. He was 6'3", but he was more than that. He was born in East Macon/Fort Hill, Georgia on May 22, 1922. He joined New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at an early age.

Saul entered the United States Navy in 1940 and served six years in the South Pacific. His sister Betty Lester said that you couldn't hear too much from him during those years. They would only say that he was somewhere in the South Pacific. After being discharged from the navy, he attended Electronic Repair School and RCA Institute of Technology and Communication of New York.

He owned and operated the Los Palmas TV Repair and Record Shop in New York City for many years. Later Saul ended up in San Juan, Puerto Rico at radio station WWWA as a DJ.

By 1956, Saul was on his way to New York and happened to hear of an audition for a DJ at radio station WIBB. By this time John Maxwell had put WIBB on the air as a country station. A study done by Georgia Tech showed that Maxwell could profit by serving the African American community, so WIBB became Macon’s first station to devote its entire day to this population.

Big Saul, Ray (Satellite Papa) Brown, and Hamp (King Bee) Swain were the first African American personalities at WIBB. They were known as the "Three Horseman". These disc jockeys helped many young people to either start or further their careers. James Brown was able to go in the studio after hours and record "Try Me". Otis Redding participated in many of The Three Horsemen's talent shows which were held at the Roxy and the Douglas theaters.

Hamp "King Bee" Swain, one of the three Horsemen, spoke at the memorial services held for Big Saul. He said that many upcoming stars patterned their lives after Big Saul because he was a man, a mighty good man. King Bee said during that time (late '50's) television was mostly black and white, but they had colored radio. It was high energy.

Satellite Papa, the other one of The Three Horseman, said that Saul was more than a friend to him. He was like a brother. He said Saul was a man of perfection. Saul believed that everybody was equal.

Saul's wife went to the doctor and was told that she had to sit in the waiting room in the back. Saul protested to the doctor, he protested on the radio, and wrote a letter to the editor of the paper. When the manager of WIBB told Saul to apologize for protesting, Saul refused and was fired. Saul moved to South Carolina, became a DJ there and helped Satellite Papa get a job there where Satellite said his income went from $12.50 a week to $150.00 a week. Later Satellite moved on to North Carolina and Saul moved to the Virgin Islands.

Satellite also said at the memorial service that when he had trouble in North Carolina, Saul gave him in job in the Virgin Islands where Saul was the station manager of WSTA radio.

Meantime Saul moved on to Florida where he earned many awards in sales with Blue Cross Blue shield.

Derrick Chatman said that while he was the manager of WIBB, Saul called him several times, inspired him, and became his mentor. Chatman honored Big Saul and other DJ's for being pioneers in radio. Saul was also inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and has been recognized by the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

Betty Lester said her brother Saul had a code of ethics. He always believed in being a person of his word, always prepared himself, and always tried to do his best. He believed in living up to his responsibility. He was a man, a giant of a man, a mighty good man.

Charles "Big Saul" Greene died on January 8, 2012.

 

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