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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive
Radio Station Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lime, Purple, Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Birmingham, England, Caribbean, Spain
Favorite Quote:
I Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/22/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive
Radio Station Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lime, Purple, Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Birmingham, England, Caribbean, Spain
Favorite Quote:
I Love You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/22/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Abraham “Abe” Thompson, Jr., was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 22, 1951, one of seven children in his family. After graduating from Calumet High School, Thompson attended Carthage College in 1969 and then transferred to Western Illinois University where he graduated from in 1974.

In 1975, Thompson joined the staff of WVON radio in Chicago as a salesman where he quickly found success. Thompson was hired by WGCI in 1980, where he became the local sales manager, and the following year he was named general sales manager. While at WCGI in 1984, Thompson met and married his wife, Launa Thompson, and in 1985, he became the vice-president and station manager of WCGI. Thompson moved to Detroit in 1986, taking over operations at WRIF while serving as vice-president and general manager; during his two years there, he helped turn the station around. Returning to Chicago in 1988, Thompson was named station manager of WVAZ.

Thompson began marketing for films and international events in 1991, including the 1991 Cancun Jazz festival and the 1995 Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival in St. Martin. In addition, Thompson has been a highly successful motivational speaker. In 1999, Thompson became president and CEO of Partnership Radio, a group of radio stations in Northwest Indiana. In 2000, Thompson published his first book, My Thoughts, Your Book, Our Journal, for his son, Phoenix. In 2003, Radio Ink ranked Thompson as one of the thirty most influential African Americans in radio.

Thompson’s wife, Launa, passed away in 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Abe Thompson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Abe Thompson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Abe Thompson describes his maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Abe Thompson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Abe Thompson recounts how his parents met in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Abe Thompson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Abe Thompson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Abe Thompson lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Abe Thompson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Abe Thompson explains how he came to live with his father after his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Abe Thompson describes his neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Abe Thompson describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Abe Thompson describes his childhood activities and attending Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Abe Thompson recalls the various schools he attended in Chicago, Illinois and his memorable teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Abe Thompson talks about meeting legendary entertainers through his music teacher at Calumet High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Abe Thompson reflects upon his participation in high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Abe Thompson explains his decision to attend Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Abe Thompson talks about leaving Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and transferring to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Abe Thompson remembers his time at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Abe Thompson talks about his studies in psychology at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Abe Thompson explains the complexity of statistics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Abe Thompson talks about his interest in religious studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Abe Thompson shares why he loves studying religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Abe Thompson talks about leaving his sales job at Ryerson steel corporation for a job in radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Abe Thompson talks about the history of urban radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Abe Thompson talks about the connections he made in the media business as a salesman for WVON radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Abe Thompson talks about the history of WVON and WGCI in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Abe Thompson talks about the history of WVON and WGCI in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Abe Thompson talks about the marketing labels assigned by radio stations to various genres of music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Abe Thompson talks about the cultural context for slang words and music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Abe Thompson details his career trajectory at WGCI radio in Chicago Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Abe Thompson describes how he met and married his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Abe Thompson talks about his time in Detroit, Michigan as general manager and vice president of WRIF radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Abe Thompson talks about forming Partnership Radio and acquiring radio stations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Abe Thompson talks about the passing of his wife, Launa Thompson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Abe Thompson talks about the passing of his wife, Launa Thompson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Abe Thompson talks about life lessons he learned from his wife's death, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Abe Thompson talks about life lessons he learned from his wife's death, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Abe Thompson reflects upon the current state of marriage in the United States, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Abe Thompson reflects upon the current state of marriage in the United States, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Abe Thompson shares his advice for lasting relationships and friendships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Abe Thompson talks about publishing his book, 'My Thoughts, Your Journal, Our Book'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Abe Thompson talks about the reception of his book, 'My Thoughts, Your Journal, Our Book,' and its reprint through Third World Press
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Abe Thompson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Abe Thompson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Abe Thompson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Abe Thompson talks about his family sharing in his success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Abe Thompson talks about stock ownership as a means for African Americans to influence the media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Abe Thompson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Abe Thompson talks about the barriers to owning radio stations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Abe Thompson remembers Tom Lewis, first black radio station owner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Abe Thompson talks about the process of acquiring his first radio station, WUBU in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Abe Thompson talks about organizations that fought for the inclusion of minorities in broadcasting
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Abe Thompson talks about satellite radio