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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago Jazz Fest
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Be Thought A Fool Than Open Your Mouth and Remove All Doubt

Birthplace

Born:
11/4/1953
Birth Location:
Turkey, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago Jazz Fest
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Be Thought A Fool Than Open Your Mouth and Remove All Doubt

Birthplace

Born:
11/4/1953
Birth Location:
Turkey
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Biography

Television broadcast journalist and radio personality Harry Boomer was born on September 4, 1953 in Turkey, North Carolina. He is the youngest of ten children born to George and Lucy Boomer. Upon graduating from high school, Boomer, the son of a Baptist minister, moved to Washington D.C. to pursue his interest in broadcast journalism. He studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting, Northern Virginia Community College, and Cleveland State University.

In 1971, at the age of seventeen, Boomer was hired as an emcee at the Mark IV Supper Club in Washington D.C. He then worked on a number of different major radio stations in D.C. until 1988, when a family friend asked Boomer to come to Canton, Ohio to work as a program director at the WBXT AM/900 radio station. While still working at WBXT, Boomer began volunteering at the WUAB television station in Cleveland, Ohio. The station soon hired him as a reporter and over his more than twenty years of dedication Boomer was promoted to morning and noon co-anchor/reporter of 19 Action News at the WOIO television station (an affiliate of CBS). In addition to his work at both WUAB and WOIO, Boomer hosted and helped produce the program “InfOhio After Nine,” at the time Ohio’s first and only statewide public radio newscast; he served as an award-winning reporter/producer and assistant news director for WCPN, Cleveland Public Radio; and has been a regular guest on the Emmy-winning WVIZ Cleveland Public Television show Feagler and Friends.

In recognition of his achievements, Boomer was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Cleveland Communicators' award for best single hard news story, the Cleveland Communicators’ award for public affairs service program, the Ohio Educational Telecommunications’ award for public affairs and special news, the Excellence in Journalism award from the Press Club of Cleveland, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Fellowship award from the Multicultural Producers Forum.

Boomer has also been involved in many professional and civic organizations. He served as the president of the Cleveland chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and has been a member of the board of directors for the Ohio Associated Press, the First Tee Cleveland, the Ohio Center for Broadcasting, and the North East Ohio Health Services.

Boomer lives in Cleveland, Ohio and often serves as keynote speaker and the master of ceremonies at community and college events. He has one daughter and two grandchildren.

Harry Boomer was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 10, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Harry Boomer lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Harry Boomer talks about his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Harry Boomer describes how his mother protected the family when his father was away from the home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Harry Boomer talks about his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Harry Boomer describes his father's commute and life on the family farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Harry Boomer describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Harry Boomer describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Harry Boomer talks about his neighbors in Turkey, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Harry Boomer describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Harry Boomer talks about the role of church in his upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Harry Boomer talks about his grade school years at Hargrove High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Harry Boomer talks about why his father did not serve in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Harry Boomer remembers his grade school years at Hargrove High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Harry Boomer describes his participation in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Harry Boomer describes his memories of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Harry Boomer describes memorable teachers from Hargrove High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Harry Boomer talks about integration at Union High School and race relations in North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Harry Boomer talks about his fascination with radio and television as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Harry Boomer recalls the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Harry Boomer describes his experience at Union High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Harry Boomer talks about HistoryMaker Benjamin Chavis and the Wilmington Ten
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Harry Boomer recalls the formation of The Black People's Voices in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Harry Boomer talks about race relations at Union High School in Clinton, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Harry Boomer envisions his life without higher education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Harry Boomer recalls his attempt to enlist in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Harry Boomer talks about his decision to attend Columbia School of Broadcasting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Harry Boomer describes working as an emcee at the Mark IV Supper Club in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Harry Boomer talks about radio personalities and musicians in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of his career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Harry Boomer talks about his early years in radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Harry Boomer talks about popular music in the 1970s and his family's reaction to his radio career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Harry Boomer talks about his favorite musicians and his parents' distaste for secular music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Harry Boomer describes his transition from music to news radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Harry Boomer talks about mixing beats as a disc jockey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Harry Boomer talks about his ancestor, George Boomer, who served as a quartermaster in the Civil War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Harry Boomer talks about Chuck Brown and Experience Unlimited (E.U.)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Harry Boomer talks about racial discrimination in the broadcasting industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Harry Boomer talks about the Harry Boomer Show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Harry Boomer talks about juggling multiple jobs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Harry Boomer talks about his family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Harry Boomer talks about his transition to WBXT 900 AM in Canton, Ohio and the station's demise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Harry Boomer describes joining Cleveland Public Radio after the downfall of WBXT 900 AM
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Harry Boomer reflects upon finding his voice while juggling work responsibilities at 19 Action News, WCPN, and WUAB Channel 43
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Harry Boomer talks about his ascent from volunteer to weekly host at WUAB Channel 43
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Harry Boomer talks about the value of volunteering and internships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Harry Boomer talks about "A Separate City: Race Relations in Cleveland"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Harry Boomer describes his television broadcast career at WOIO and WCPN
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Harry Boomer talks about notable African Americans at WOIO including Romona Robinson, HistoryMaker Leon Bibb, Wayne Dawson, and Russ Mitchell
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Harry Boomer talks about the National Association of Black Journalists and organizational burnout
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Harry Boomer talks about his award-winning shows on Cleveland Public Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Harry Boomer recounts covering the Ariel Castro kidnapping story in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Harry Boomer describes his commitment to civic action in his community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Harry Boomer describes his hopes and concerns for the Cleveland community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Harry Boomer describes his career goals
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Harry Boomer talks about his level of social media engagement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Harry Boomer reflects upon his life trajectory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Harry Boomer talks about his daughter and his grandchildren
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Harry Boomer reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Harry Boomer describes how his parents would have viewed his accomplishments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Harry Boomer remembers his coverage of Barack Obama's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Harry Boomer talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Harry Boomer narrates his photographs