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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
When It Rains
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Wherever He Can Fish
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1959
Birth Location:
Emory , Texas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
When It Rains
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Wherever He Can Fish
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1959
Birth Location:
Emory
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Biography

Radio host Greg Mack was born on June 22, 1959 in Emory, Texas. He was raised in Van Alstyne, Texas, and started in radio in 1975 as an intern with KTSA in San Antonio, Texas, while still in high school. Mack continued to work for KTSA after graduating from Van Alstyne High School in 1977.

While working at KTSA, Mack was hired part-time as the weekend DJ at KEYS/KZFM in Corpus Christi, Texas. Soon afterwards, he was given a full-time show. When a post at Majic 102 (KMJQ-FM) in Houston, Texas opened up in 1980, Mack was hired to host the six-to-ten shift. In 1983, Mack was named music director at KDAY in Los Angeles, California, where he changed the direction of the station by incorporating rap music. From his position at KDAY, Mack promoted many that would become the most well-known artists of the mid-1980s and early-1990s, such as Dr. Dre and the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, N.W.A, Ice T, and many others. Eventually, KDAY’s popularity was eclipsed by more powerful FM stations, and Mack moved on to Stevie Wonder-owned KJLH in 1990.

After his time at KDAY and KJLH, Mack purchased several radio stations, and acted as a radio station consultant. He signed a contract with MCA Records and released a CD entitled “The Mixmasters.” He then signed with Motown, and in 1989, released a compilation album of hits played at KDAY titled “What Does It All Mean?” He also released a three-CD compilation named “KDAY ‘Mack Attack,’” highlighting his mixing crew the MixMasters, and featuring mix shows, jingles, and show outtakes in 1997. He joined 94.7 the WAVE in 2013 as the Saturday night DJ.

Mack has five children and six grandchildren.

Greg Mack was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 2, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Greg Mack lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Greg Mack describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Greg Mack talks about his grandparents' farm in Emory, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Greg Mack talks about his mother's experience growing up in Emory, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Greg Mack talks about his biological father and his stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Greg Mack describes a trait he shares with his grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Greg Mack talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Greg Mack describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Greg Mack describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Greg Mack describes Van Alstyne, Texas in the 1960s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Greg Mack recalls elementary school experiences in Van Alstyne, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Greg Mack explains his views on the Christian church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Greg Mack talks about listening to the radio and watching TV in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Greg Mack talks about his high school sports experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Greg Mack talks about raising pigs in Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Greg Mack talks about his parents' move to California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Greg Mack talks about the difference between his speech and East Texas black dialect
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Greg Mack talks about school extracurricular activities and raising himself as a young teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Greg Mack talks about moving to San Antonio, Texas and behaving as the class clown at Fox Technical High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Greg Mack recalls interning at a radio station in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Greg Mack talks about his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Greg Mack talks about interning at KTSA in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Greg Mack talks about his first job at KTSA radio in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Greg Mack talks about getting a first-class radio license
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Greg Mack recalls leaving KTSA radio in San Antonio, Texas and joining KEYS radio in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Greg Mack talks about his responsibilities at KTSA and KEYS radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Greg Mack talks about being hired by Majic 102 in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Greg Mack talks about working the late night shift at Majic 102 in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Greg Mack talks about accepting a job offer from KDAY radio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Greg Mack describes an interview with Charlie Wilson and Roger Troutman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Greg Mack recalls his decision to add rap to the music lineup at KDAY radio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Greg Mack describes diversifying the music lineup at KDAY in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Greg Mack recalls working with Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, and Tony G
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Greg Mack describes his DJs at KDAY radio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Greg Mack talks about playing new rappers and unreleased songs on KDAY radio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Greg Mack recalls Friday Night Live parties and his relationship with Los Angeles gangs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Greg Mack describes his relationships with Los Angeles gangs and Barry White
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Greg Mack talks about the most memorable moment of his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Greg Mack remembers meeting Diana Ross and Michael Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Greg Mack talks about working with Dr. Dre on 'Boyz-n-the-Hood' and 'Radio'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Greg Mack talks about Dr. Dre and Eazy-E
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Greg Mack talks about the origins of Def Jam Recordings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Greg Mack talks about pioneering the rhythmic contemporary format at KDAY in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Greg Mack explains the demise of KDAY radio in the early 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Greg Mack recalls the beginning of his career at KJLH in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Greg Mack talks about producing his two records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Greg Mack talks about his failed business ventures and losing his first radio station
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Greg Mack talks about his failed attempts at radio station ownership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Greg Mack talks about joining The WAVE radio station and current media projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Greg Mack talks about what he would have done differently in his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Greg Mack reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Greg Mack describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Greg Mack talks about the future of black radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Greg Mack talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Greg Mack talks about participating in historical documentaries
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Greg Mack describes how he would like to be remembered