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Darryl W. Dennard

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Now Faith Is The Substance Of Things Hoped For And Evidence Of Things Not Seen.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1957
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Now Faith Is The Substance Of Things Hoped For And Evidence Of Things Not Seen.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1957
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Darryl W. Dennard was born on September 18, 1957 in Harlem, New York to Eleanor Adamson and Glenn W. Dennard. He graduated from De Witt Clinton High School. Dennard was a member of Fordham University’s Upward Bound program and participated in its Bridge program by taking classes at Fordham University. He then went on to attend the State University of New York College at Buffalo and graduated with his B.A. degree in broadcasting in 1981. While at Buffalo State, he was a member of the Black Liberation Front student organization, where he was an executive board member, founding the college’s Minority Resource Center.

In 1980, Dennard was hired as a production assistant at the NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York. He was promoted to a news reporter in 1983, and worked at WGRZ-TV until 1987. Dennard then became co-host of the “Ebony-Jet Showcase” from 1987 to 1991, and was hired as associate editor of Ebony Man magazine. He then served as co-host of the “Black Enterprise Report” and as host and producer of the “Minority Business Report.” Dennard also worked as an anchor of “Good Day Chicago” in the 1990s, and has hosted many other programs, including “Know Your Heritage.” He has worked on WVAZ-FM's “Steve Harvey Show,” WCGI-FM's “Morning Riot,” WGCI-AM's “John Hannah Morning Show,” and WVAZ’s “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” In addition, he has interviewed many celebrities and notable figures, including President Barack Obama, Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey.

Dennard served as Vice President of First Trace Communications, a strategic, cause related public relations firm, and Founder and CEO of Double D Productions, Inc., a full service audio/video production company, which produced the 1999 documentary “Heading West: A History of African Americans on Chicago's West Side,” and the more recent documentary, “Culture of Calm: A Calming Presence,” which chronicles the Chicago Public School’s mentoring efforts directed towards “At Risk” youth in the wake of the Derion Albert beating death.

Dennard’s professional affiliations include the National Association of Market Developers, Black Public Relations Society, the 100 Black Men of Chicago, the Young Brothers for Christ Youth Ministry at Apostolic Church of God, and the Radio and Television Broadcasting and Theatre Departments at Kennedy King College.

Most important to him are his wife Darlene, and their two children, Autumn, a graduate of Howard University and Darryl Jr, a fine arts graduate at The Cooper Union in New York City. Dennard also has a son-in-law, Brian, and two grandchildren, Ari and Milo.

Darryl Dennard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 23, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Darryl Dennard's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard describes his maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard describes his maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard describes spending nights at family members' homes in the South Bronx
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard talks about working at Pioneer Supermarket as a stock boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Darryl Dennard talks about his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Darryl Dennard describes his father and paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Darryl Dennard talks about the first and second waves of The Great Migration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard describes his father's creative interests and jazz collection
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard talks about his younger sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard describes his extended family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard describes growing up in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard describes his childhood interests and involvement with Upward Bound and College Bound
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Darryl Dennard talks about his experience in Upward Bound and College Bound
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Darryl Dennard reflects on the critical time to motivate young black boys to do well in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Darryl Dennard talks about his childhood jobs and hustles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Darryl Dennard describes his New York City public school education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard recalls being exposed to Broadway and opera with the Upward Bound and College Bound programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard describes running track in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard describes taking an English class at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York while in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard describes his experience at State University of New York College at Buffalo
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard describes his transition to college at State University of New York College at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard talks about black news commentators Max Robinson, Bob Teague and Gil Noble
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard talks about his summers while growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Darryl Dennard describes why he chose to attend a college outside of New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Darryl Dennard describes the communications program at Buffalo State and his focus learning the broadcast speech standards
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Darryl Dennard remembers his first day at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Darryl Dennard remembers his first day at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard talks about Buffalo State's Black Student Union, named Black Liberation Front
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard describes his college mentors and working for the U.S. Customs Service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard describes falling in love and adopting a religion, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard describes falling in love and adopting a religion, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard describes falling in love and adopting a religion, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard describes his internship at WGRZ in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard describes memories from his time at WGRZ
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Darryl Dennard describes his offer to host the 'Ebony/Jet Showcase'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard describes being interviewed by HistoryMaker John H. Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard talks about African Americans in broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard talks about the changes in black broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard reflects on the lack of blacks in the media industry compared to the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard talks about partiality in journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard talks about his time working for the 'Ebony/Jet Showcase'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard describes interviewing Michael Jackson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Darryl Dennard talks about interviewing Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard remembers interviewing Sammy Davis at Johnson Publishing Company headquarters
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard talks about the 'Ebony/Jet Showcase' and his interviewing style
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard describes his journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard describes his interview style
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard talks about working with Deborah Crable
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard talks about his family's adjustment to living in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard talks about positions he held between 1991 and 1993
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Darryl Dennard talks about 'Minority Business Report'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Darryl Dennard talks about the significance of black manufacturing companies versus vendors
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Darryl Dennard talks about 'Minority Business Report' and the significance in diverse business ownership
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard talks about his work with Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard talks about his production company, Double D Productions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard talks about his film, 'Heading West'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard talks about black migration to Chicago, Illinois and his film, 'Heading West'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard talks about various programs he has hosted and produced
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard talks about his current projects and mentorship
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard talks about youth violence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Darryl Dennard talks about etiquette and polite society
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Darryl Dennard talks about the current state of video production
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Darryl Dennard describes his disinterest in using social media
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Darryl Dennard talks about the media organizations he's involved in and HistoryMakers Pluria Marshall, Sr. and Jr.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Darryl Dennard talks about his wife, daughter, and grandchildren
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Darryl Dennard talks about his relationship with his in-laws
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Darryl Dennard talks about his son
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Darryl Dennard considers what he might have done differently
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Darryl Dennard considers his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Darryl Dennard describes how he would like to be remembered