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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive
Telecommunications Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Blackened)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin
Favorite Quote:
Think for yourself. Don't let others do your thinking for you.

Birthplace

Born:
8/24/1947
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive
Telecommunications Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Blackened)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin
Favorite Quote:
Think for yourself. Don't let others do your thinking for you.

Birthplace

Born:
8/24/1947
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Communications attorney James L. Winston was born on August 24, 1947 to Corrie Conwill Winston and Jeff Winston in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has one other sibling, Frances Winston Adderley. Winston graduated from Belmar Elementary School in 1959 and enrolled at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh. After attending Westinghouse, Winston was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He graduated with his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1969. Three years later, he received his J.D. degree in law from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Upon graduation, Winston was hired as an attorney for the Roxbury Multi-Service Center in Boston. He then worked for the New York-based law firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae as an attorney specializing in public utility law before serving as associate counsel for the Western Union Telegraph Company in Washington, D.C. In 1978, Winston worked as a legal assistant to Federal Communications Commissioner Robert F. Lee. After two years with the FCC, he was hired as an associate attorney by the Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen law firm, also in Washington, D.C. Winston then became a managing partner in the law firm of Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris & Cooke, LLP in 1981, specializing in telecommunications law. Additionally, he served as executive director and general counsel for the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Inc. starting in 1982.

For nine years in a row, Winston was named one of the “Leading African Americans in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine. He was also inducted into the American Urban Radio Network Hall of Fame and presented the “Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award.” Winston was also inducted into the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Hall of Fame and presented its “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

In addition to his achievements, Winston has served on the advisory boards for the Federal Communications Bar Association Executive Committee, the Elon University School of Communications in Elon, North Carolina and the Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication in Tallahassee, Florida. Winston is married and has four adult children. He resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.

James L. Winston was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on May 3, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Winston's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Winston lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Winston describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Winston discusses his mother's childhood in Rienzi, Mississippi and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Winston describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Winston talks about his father's career at Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Winston talks about how his parents met and married and he talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Winston describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Winston talks about his mother's success as an insurance salesperson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James Winston talks about segregation and "white flight" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1960s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James Winston describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James Winston describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - James Winston describes his childhood home and neighborhood in Homewood, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Winston talks about his childhood interest in drawing, television, and movies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Winston talks about the racial makeup of Belmar Elementary in Homewood, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Winston talks about sports in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was young, and the dearth of black professionals in his neighborhood of Homewood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Winston talks about his parents' church attendance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Winston talks about his family's newspaper and magazine subscriptions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Winston talks about his favorite subjects and his favorite teacher in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Winston talks about his changing interests in middle school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Winston talks about being a Boy Scout and an Explorer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Winston talks about his favorite teacher in middle school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - James Winston talks about attending high school at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - James Winston talks about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the streetcars and the winters in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - James Winston talks about working in an electrical engineering laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University/Carnegie Tech
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - James Winston talks about his first transistor radio and his memories of listening to WAMO Radio in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - James Winston talks about being the swim team manager in high school, and his skill as a chess player
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - James Winston talks about his teachers and mentors in high school and his academic excellence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - James Winston talks about the sound academic counseling that he received in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Winston talks about choosing to attend the University of Pennsylvania, his experience as an engineering student there, and considering law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Winston talks about his involvement with the Society of African and Afro American Students (SAAS) at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Winston recalls his reaction to Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Winston talks about his interaction with other black students in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Winston talks about focusing on his academics in his senior year at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Winston describes his decision to attend Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Winston describes his positive experience at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Winston talks about working as a community activist and as a part-time anti-apartheid activist in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - James Winston talks about leaving the social service sector and accepting an offer from a law firm on Wall Street, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - James Winston describes his positive experience at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae law firm, and his decision to leave New York to start a family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Winston recalls the encouragement that he received in the New York office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae law firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Winston describes his experience at the Washington office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacRae law firm, and his reasons for leaving
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Winston talks about working at Western Union Telegraph Company in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Winston talks about working at Western Union Telegraph Company in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Winston talks about Commissioner Robert E. Lee of the FCC, and his positive experience as his legal assistant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Winston talks about the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) and his longtime involvement with this organization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Winston talks about the FCC commissioner, Robert E. Lee's support of UHF television
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Winston discusses the popularity of FM radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Winston talks about Robert E. Lee's leadership of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Winston explains the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Fairness Doctrine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James Winston discusses the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) promotion of minority ownership of broadcast properties, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James Winston discusses the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) promotion of minority ownership of broadcast properties, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James Winston talks about the huge growth in African American ownership of radio and TV stations in the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James Winston talks about how the Reagan administration weakened FCC policies that promoted minority ownership of broadcast properties
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James Winston talks about the challenges that he faced as the director of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - James Winston talks about the deregulation of broadcasting during the Reagan Administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - James Winston talks about U.S. Congress legislation that hurt minority ownership of broadcast properties
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - James Winston talks about the consolidation of radio and television ownership as a result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James Winston reflects upon the importance of minority ownership of businesses and the changing face of television and radio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James Winston reflects upon the lack of African American entrepreneurship in the technology industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James Winston talks about the lack of a strong African American voice on the internet
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James Winston discusses the shortcomings of Arbitron's portable people meter, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - James Winston discusses the shortcomings of Arbitron's portable people meter, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - James Winston talks about his law firm, Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris, & Cooke
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - James Winston describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - James Winston reflects upon his legacy and the need for young African Americans to pursue entrepreneurship in technology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - James Winston talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - James Winston talks about the future of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) and the significance of radio for social change
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - James Winston talks about how he would like to be remembered