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First Through the Fire

First Through the Fire

By Talbert Gray, TIM TROTT

Talbert’s lifetime accomplishments go beyond breaking racial barriers, to owning radio stations and making his mark in journalism. His story presents a compelling and motivational narration of accomplishment and achievement. The message of this book is not just Talbert Gray’s personal journey, but what you can achieve in yours. Never be discouraged by the barriers you face along the way. Take courage and always be ready to charge ahead Through the Fire.
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I am privileged to have known Talbert in the early day, but I was not aware of what he was facing. He was humming a tune in the hallway when we first met, as I recall. To me, he was a friend in broadcasting when we both worked at WESH-TV2, and we shared an interest in music recording. Fifty years later, I discovered he had compiled a record of his experience in an online “flip book” publication. After reading his story that I realized the extent of the struggles and the successes he experienced. I contacted Talbert, met with him, and he agreed to let me edit and publish his story. (editor, Tim Trott)

In the early 1970s, Talbert Gray was the first black television news reporter in Florida. He faced the racial barriers and broke through them, and he continued to challenge the norms, adding to his list of “firsts” for decades to come.

I had problems with law enforcement agencies.  At crime scenes, police would block me from entering the area of robberies or shootings for a while. It was even worse if the victims were white and almost impossible to film a crime with a white woman injured or killed. Some of the animosity against me came from orders given by Sheriff Dave Starr of Orange County. 

“Sheriff McCall … surveyed the crowd of news reporters and looked at me. He turned back (to) his assistant, and I heard him say, “What is that”, pointing at me. “

In another experience, Talbert describes being hired to shoot promotional film for some local businesses:

“We recorded downtown Kissimmee businesses…. We were invited to this country and western bar to shoot the bar’s wild cowboy atmosphere… After we worked all day on this one bar, my crew wanted to get a beer.  When we all sat at the bar the bartender told us that they couldn’t serve Negros (said with a deep southern accent).  No kidding.  I was refused service including drinks or food. “

You will need to read the book to see what happened after that.

Talbert’s accomplishments go beyond breaking racial barriers, to owning radio stations and making his mark in journalism. His story presents a compelling and motivational narration of accomplishment and achievement.

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Publish Date

2024-02-10

Published Year

2024

Publisher Name

Total Pages

366

ISBN 13

‎ 979-8858268581

ASIN

B0CTDRGKBR, B0CTRCF3P1

Format

Paperback and Epub

Country

USA

Language

English

File Size

‎ 19108 KB

Dimension

6 x 0.83 x 9 inches

Weight

‎ 1.37 pounds

File Format

ePUB

Text-To-Speech

Enabled

Screen Reader

supported

Enhanced Typesetting

Enabled

X-Ray

Not Enabled

Word Wise

Enabled

Print Length

366 pages

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