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Wallace, Thomas Cicero "Little Bee"

(born: 1943) 

Thomas C. Wallace was an extremely popular and successful radio personality in Lexington, KY for ten years. He was a disc jockey [DJ] known as "Little Bee" and was voted the number one night time DJ in Lexington. Many remember him for his rhythm and rhyming, and he is often referred to as an early and original rapper. "You and me and Little Bee on WLAP!"  The "Little Bee" program went on the air at WLAP FM in 1964 and ended in 1974. The format was the first urban contemporary [soul music] program in Lexington. The targeted audience included African Americans in Lexington and surrounding counties, and there were thousands of faithful followers. WLAP FM was managed by Theodore "Cal" Wallace, Sr., the father of Thomas C. Wallace.

For many of the former audience members, the "Little Bee Show" is aligned with memories of the civil rights era of activism in Lexington, along with the broadcasts of Alex Williams. But at the time, the program was not considered a civil rights show, according to Thomas C. Wallace. "I was just a Black DJ on a Black station where young folk could tune in and hear Black music." In 1974, Thomas C. Wallace left radio to go into the ministry. He is a bishop in the Church of Christ, sharing the duties with his brother: they are over five of the churches that their father oversaw during his tenure as a bishop. Thomas C. Wallace is also pastor of the New Birth Church of Christ, Christian Ministries, Inc., located on Russell Cave Road in Lexington, KY. Thomas C. Wallace was born in Virginia, the fourth child of the late Bonnie Goddard Wallace and Theodore C. Wallace Sr.

See the "WLAP-AM History" website by Scott Willis. See also the NKAA entries for Bonie Goddared Wallace and Theodore C. Wallace Sr.; Ted Wallace; and Leula Wallace Hall.


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NKAA Entry: Williams, Alexander "Alex", Jr.
NKAA Entry: Wallace, Theodore "Ted" Calvin, Jr.

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NKAA Entry: Wallace, Bonnie Goddard and Theodore "Cal" Sr.
NKAA Entry: Hall, Leula Wallace

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