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Gayle Greer

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Cake, Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico, Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
Keep Moving.

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1941
Birth Location:
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Cake, Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico, Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
Keep Moving.

Birthplace

Born:
3/11/1941
Birth Location:
Tulsa
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Biography

Cable television executive Gayle Greer was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1942. After graduating from Tulsa City High School, Greer briefly attended Fisk University and Oklahoma State University before enrolling at the University of Houston. Greer graduated from the University of Houston with her B.A. degree in political science and sociology in 1966, and her M.A. degree in social work in 1968.

Upon graduation, Greer spent ten years working as a case manager, and briefly served as Director of the Fort Wayne, Indiana chapter of the National Urban League. Her career in cable television began when she was hired by American Television and Communications (now a division of Time Warner, Inc.). She held several executive positions during her twenty-year career there, including senior vice president of Time Warner Communications and group vice president of Time Warner Cable. In this capacity, Greer oversaw thirty-five cable systems with over thirty-five hundred customers in thirty-three states. She also managed the integration of telephony and cable operations in several cable divisions. Greer’s career in cable television and internet services made her one of the country’s most prominent business executives. After retiring from Time Warner Entertainment (then a division of AOL/Time Warner) in 1998, Greer went on to become co-founder of GS2.Net, a broadband services provider, and served as chairwoman until 2001. In 2005, Greer was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of ELEC Communications Corporations, and then became an independent director of Pervasip Corp.

Greer co-founded the National Association of Minorities in Cable and Telecommunications in 1980, and later served on the board of directors of ING North America Financial Services Company, eLEC Communications, Inc. and One World Theater in Austin. From 1990 until 1992, Greer served as chair of the Mile High United Way board of trustees, and chaired its allocations committee from 1988 to 1990. Greer is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including Time Warner’s Andrew Heiskell Community Services Award, the National Cable Television Association’s Vanguard Award for Leadership, and the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Award. For her achievements, Greer was featured in the Denver Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Telecommunications.”

Gayle Greer was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 1, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gayle Greer's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gayle Greer describes her career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gayle Greer lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gayle Greer talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gayle Greer talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gayle Greer describes her mother's disdain for the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gayle Greer talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gayle Greer talks about her father's family background and upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gayle Greer describes her family's experience with the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Riot
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gayle Greer talks about the lack of historical record related to the Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Riot of 1921
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gayle Greer talks about State Representative Don Ross' investigation of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Riot of 1921
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gayle Greer describes how her father and family friends navigated race in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Gayle Greer talks about Tulsa, Oklahoma's black business district
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gayle Greer describes her father's educational background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gayle Greer recalls her father's role as a peacemaker in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gayle Greer describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gayle Greer talks about her father's role in the church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gayle Greer talks about her sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gayle Greer describes her father's personality, and her likeness to him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gayle Greer shares memories of her childhood neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gayle Greer describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gayle Greer talks about divisons within her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gayle Greer talks about being a troublemaker as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Gayle Greer talks about her experiences in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Gayle Greer describes the influence of popular culture on her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Gayle Greer remembers Tulsa, Oklahoma as an entertainment center
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Gayle Greer talks about school integration in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gayle Greer talks about the industries that fueled Tulsa's economy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gayle Greer talks about her extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gayle Greer describes how she and her sisters dealt with being the daughters of a prominent school principal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gayle Greer talks about her father's multiple occupations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gayle Greer talks about her family's high regard for higher education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gayle Greer recalls visiting Denver, Colorado with her family as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gayle Greer talks about the decline of Tulsa, Oklahoma's black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gayle Greer remembers her first visit to New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gayle Greer talks about Fisk University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Gayle Greer recalls Civil Rights activists who attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Gayle Greer describes participating in the sit-in movement at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Gayle Greer remembers the Ku Klux Klan trespassing on Fisk University's grounds
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Gayle Greer talks about transferring from Fisk University to Oklahoma State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Gayle Greer talks about meeting her husband, Fritz Greer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Gayle Greer talks about completing her college education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Gayle Greer describes attending Texas Southern University and the University of Houston in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 17 - Gayle Greer talks about the impact of her college experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 18 - Gayle Greer talks about Charles Spurgeon Johnson, former President of Fisk University,
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gayle Greer compares her experiences at Oklahoma State University and Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gayle Greer talks about her husband, Fritz Greer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gayle Greer describes how attending the University of Houston inspired her activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gayle Greer talks about working with Houston's Cuney Homes housing project during her M.S.W. program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gayle Greer talks about organizers who influenced her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gayle Greer talks about the power of organizing and impact of community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gayle Greer talks about her experiences working for the Houston Urban League pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gayle Greer talks about her experiences working for the Houston Urban League pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gayle Greer talks about becoming Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Gayle Greer talks about fighting the closure of inner-city schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Gayle Greer talks about people who helped her fight the closure of inner-city schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Gayle Greer talks about being hired by the American Television and Communications Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gayle Greer describes being hired by the American Television and Communications Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gayle Greer talks about the relationship between minorities and the cable television industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gayle Greer talks about the early cable industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gayle Greer describes how her community organizaing skills benefitted her work in the cable industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gayle Greer talks about her first cable franchising projects and cable franchisers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gayle Greer describes how well-known minorities shaped the cable industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gayle Greer describes working on projects for the American Television and Communications Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio and New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gayle Greer describes the American Television and Communications Corporation's innovative "institutional network" package
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gayle Greer talks about the employment opportunities the cable industry offered to minority communities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Gayle Greer talks about the Walter Kaitz Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Gayle Greer talks about public access television
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gayle Greer talks about founding the National Association for Minorities in Cable and Telecommunications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Gayle Greer talks about American Television and Communications' support of the National Association for Minorities in Cable and Telecommunications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Gayle Greer compares the support and pushback she received from the National Association for Minorities in Cable and Telecommunications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Gayle Greer reflects upon becoming Vice President of American Television and Communications Corporation's National Division
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Gayle Greer describes the impact of the Cable Communications Act of 1984
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Gayle Greer reflects upon the evolution of minorities in the cable television industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Gayle Greer reminisces about receiving the National Cable Television Association's Vanguard Award for Leadership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Gayle Greer talks about major cable television mergers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Gayle Greer talks about serving as Chairman of the Board for Mile High United Way in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Gayle Greer describes the ways in which she has worked to be an individual of influence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Gayle Greer talks about retiring from Time Warner Entertainment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Gayle Greer describes how the landscape of the cable industry has changed for young people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Gayle Greer talks about founding GS2.net and DonorNet with Steve Stokesberry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Gayle Greer talks about moving to Texas and her community involvement there
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Gayle Greer talks about serving on the Board of Directors for eLEC Communications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Gayle Greer talks about the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Gayle Greer shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Gayle Greer shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Gayle Greer describes how her volunteer work influences urban childhood education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Gayle Greer voices her concerns about the charter school movement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Gayle Greer reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Gayle Greer talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Gayle Greer talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - Gayle Greer talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 15 - Gayle Greer narrates her photographs