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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Dimsum, Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii, Tokyo, Japan
Favorite Quote:
Always with God all things are possible.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1945
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Dimsum, Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii, Tokyo, Japan
Favorite Quote:
Always with God all things are possible.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1945
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Born on August 3, 1945, in St. Louis, Missouri, Cecil Hale has distinguished himself in the world of communications. After graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1966, he began his career in radio by working as an announcer and assistant general manager at WMPP in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Beginning in 1970, Hale worked at WVON in Chicago as an announcer, assistant program director, and assistant music director. He also recorded a show for national and international syndication. From 1973 to 1975, Hale expanded opportunities for minorities in the radio business as the president for the National Association of Television and Radio Artists. In 1975, he earned an M.A. in communication from The International University of Communications.

In 1977, Hale left WVON for Phonogram/Mercury Records Polygram. There, he promoted rhythm and blues for a year while he completed work on his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Union Institute. In 1979, he accepted a job as vice president at Capitol Records/E.M.I. but left in 1981 to found Hale Media Communications Consultancy. In his capacity as a consultant, he advised the Federal Republic of Nigeria about network television.

Always looking for new, rewarding opportunities, Hale began teaching broadcasting at the City College of San Francisco in 1984 and was awarded tenure. He also taught summer classes at Stanford University and was granted a fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent eight years as General Manager for KCSF, a college radio station with a city-wide audience. Hale went back to being a student himself and completed a M.P.A. at Harvard University in 1995.

Hale's activities extend to a wide variety of civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Society for Values in Higher Education and the NAACP.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ceccil Hale lists his favorities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cecil Hale talks about his mother and her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cecil Hale talks about his father and his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cecil Hale discusses his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cecil Hale recalls learning to read at a young age
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cecil Hale talks about how he came to live in Little Rock, Arkansas as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cecil Hale describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Cecil Hale talks about his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Cecil Hale talks about some of his mentors from the black community in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Cecil Hale talks about his experiences in Boy Scouts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Cecil Hale describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Cecil Hale talks about the subjects that interested him in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cecil Hale talks about his shift in interest from medicine to radio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cecil Hale talks about his first experience in radio broadcasting as a teenager in Little Rock
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cecil Hale recalls his grandparents' reaction to his choice of a radio career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cecil Hale explains his college choice and his arrival at Southern Illinous University in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cecil Hale explains the appeal of W.E.B. DuBois's 'Souls of Black Folk'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cecil Hale describes his college years at Southern Illinois and memberhip in Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cecil Hale describes being the target of a hate crime as a radio disc jockey in North Dakota
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cecil Hale recalls radio jobs and an FCC-sponsored master's program in the late 1960s-early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cecil Hale recalls how he came to work for WVON and its Milwaukee offshoot WNOV
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cecil Hale describes working for WVON in the late 1960s-early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cecil Hale talks about the Chess brothers' management of WVON
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cecil Hale describes the work environment at WVON
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cecil Hale talks about WVON's affiliation with Jesse Jackson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cecil Hale talks about WVON's community and civil rights involvement and recalls official harassment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cecil Hale discusses the investigation into payola in black radio in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cecil Hale recalls some of the major record companies of the early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cecil Hale analyzes WVON's demise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cecil Hale talks about the new WVON and the end of the old WVON
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cecil Hale talks about his PhD and his career choices after radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cecil Hale describes his work at Polygram Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cecil Hale talks about his work in A & R and producing for Capitol Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cecil Hale describes his work assisting Nigeria with its television system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cecil Hales talks about the interim between Africa and starting his teaching career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cecil Hale talks about starting his academic career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cecil Hale talks about attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cecil Hale describes how the history of black radio can inform its future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cecil Hale shares his mixed feelings about hip-hop
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cecil Hale talks about his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cecil Hale talks about his idea of his legacy