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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Sports Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green, Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Estes Park, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
I Like What I Like.

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1947
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Sports Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green, Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Estes Park, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
I Like What I Like.

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1947
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Sports talk show host Robert “Glenn” Harris was born on April 24, 1947 in Queens, New York. The son of electrical worker Pleasant Samuel Harris and June Pucket Harris, he grew up in Southeast Washington, D.C. with his brother, Ron. Harris loved sports and in 1958 won the Washington, D.C. City Little League Championship. He attended Birney Elementary School, Turner Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School and Douglass Junior High School. At Anacostia High School, Harris and his friend, Reggie Rucker, were mentored by Dave Brown. Graduating in 1965, Harris played baseball with the Washington Black Sox and briefly attended Miami’s Dade County Junior College. From 1970 to 1974, Harris attended Howard University on a baseball scholarship and graduated with his B.S. degree in physical education and urban education. Under the guidance of Chuck Hinton, Howard won the MEAC Baseball Championship twice during Harris’ playing years.

In the mid-1970s when Harris was public address announcer for Howard University’s athletic teams, he was discovered by black radio entrepreneur, Dewey Hughes. Harris began hosting the popular Let’s Talk Sports on Howard’s WHUR-FM in 1979 and went on to become Sports Director for the station. Harris has hosted Community News and Sports on Channel 4 and provided sports commentary for FOX WTTG-TV. Anchoring the only live nightly sports call-in show in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, NEWSCHANNEL 8’s Sports Talk, Harris earned back-to-back awards for “Best Year-Round Sports Coverage” from Virginia’s Associated Press. His feature “Anacostia at the Crossroads” garnered an award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1995.

A streetwise, knowledgeable and well-liked authority on local and national sports, Harris participated in Howard University’s 1993 Forum on Black Athletics. In 1995, Harris received the “Glenn Brenner Award” for outstanding contributions to young people in the community at the Regional Emmy Awards. Inducted into Howard University’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, Harris has also received the Outstanding Washingtonian Award. Washington Mayor Anthony Williams proclaimed June 6, 2003 as Glenn Harris Day.

Harris was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 6, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris recalls his early understanding of race
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris talks about his father's profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Glenn Harris lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Glenn Harris describes his impoverished childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Glenn Harris talks about his parents' move to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris describes his mother's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris recalls his mother's disciplinary methods
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris remembers his chores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris talks about his personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris remembers Robert Hinton
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris talks about his favorite baseball players
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Glenn Harris describes the music of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Glenn Harris talks about his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Glenn Harris describes the racial demographics of his neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Glenn Harris recalls his academic difficulties
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris talks about his early personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris remembers the famous basketball players of his generation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris remembers Reggie Rucker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris describes his academic experiences at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris recalls his athletic experiences at Anacostia High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris recalls lesson from his athletic experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris recalls his aspiration to play professional baseball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Glenn Harris recalls attracting the interest of professional baseball scouts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris remembers moving to Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris describes his roommates in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris recalls his experiences of discrimination on the baseball team at Miami-Dade Junior College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris talks about his baseball coaches at Miami-Dade Junior College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris remembers Mickey Rivers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris recalls leaving Miami-Dade Junior College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris remembers his decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Glenn Harris describes the history of Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Glenn Harris talks about the Division One baseball teams in 1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Glenn Harris talks about the importance of choosing the right major
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Glenn Harris remembers his professors at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Glenn Harris recalls a lesson from his mother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Glenn Harris recalls a lesson from his mother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris remembers the comedians of his childhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris recalls the speakers at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris describes his baseball teammates at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris remembers Coach Chuck Hinton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris talks about meeting Negro League baseball players
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris recalls the start of his broadcasting career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris describes his early radio shows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Glenn Harris talks about the mentorship of Dewey Hughes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Glenn Harris recalls his celebrity acquaintances in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Glenn Harris remembers the legacy of Petey Greene and Dewey Hughes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Glenn Harris recalls lessons from Dewey Hughes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris remembers Rock Newman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris describes his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris talks about his abstinence from alcohol
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris describes his philosophy about talent
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris remembers his favorite interviews
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris talks about Michael Jordan's career in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris remembers the deaths of Len Bias and his brother, Jay Bias
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Glenn Harris describes football player Doug Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Glenn Harris talks about the Washington Redskins' discriminatory hiring practices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Glenn Harris talks about the integration of the Washington Redskins football team
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris remembers the early African American quarterbacks
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris remembers sportscasters Gus Johnson and James Brown
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris talks about the popular sports talk shows
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris describes the guest appearances on his talk show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris shares his opinion on the Howard Cosell controversy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris talks about Prince's halftime performance at Super Bowl XLI
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Glenn Harris describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Glenn Harris reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Glenn Harris reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Glenn Harris reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Glenn Harris talks about his position in the community of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Glenn Harris remembers African American football coaches
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Glenn Harris talks about writing an autobiography
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Glenn Harris describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Glenn Harris reflects upon his personal relationships