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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Station Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pork Chop Sandwich
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Florida
Favorite Quote:
Just Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1947
Birth Location:
Eastman, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Station Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pork Chop Sandwich
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Florida
Favorite Quote:
Just Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1947
Birth Location:
Eastman
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Biography

Radio station manager Jerry J. Rushin was born on May 21, 1947 in the State of Georgia. When he was a child, his family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he was raised. Rushin’s father was a truck driver; his mother, a part-time housekeeper. Rushin attended Dillard High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation where he served for three years, including a two-year tour in Vietnam.

Upon returning from Vietnam, Rushin worked in a furniture store and was promoted to manager. He then enrolled in Lindsey Hopkins Technical Educational Center in Miami, Florida and was hired as a part-time board engineer at WEDR-FM while taking a six-month course in radio broadcasting. In 1973, he became a part-time on-air personality and hosted the “Super Jerry J” show on weekends. Rushin was soon promoted as a full-time radio host and later to program director and sales representative for WEDR in 1975. In 1980, he was appointed general manager of the station, becoming the first African American in South Florida to operate a radio station. While general manager, Rushin increased WEDR’s signal from 16,000 watts to 100,000 watts, and, in 1992, the station became the top rated radio station in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area.

In 2000, Cox Media Group purchased WEDR and Rushin was subsequently named vice president and market manager for the corporation’s South Florida radio stations, which included WHQT, WFEZ, WFLC and WEDR. He retired in 2012.

Rushin’s honors include the National Black Programmers Coalition 1995 General Manager of the Year award, the “Living Legend Award” from Black Radio Exclusive, and the Excalibur Award from the Family Christian Association of America. In addition, Rushin served on the board of directors of the Nat Moore Foundation.

Jerry Rushin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 9, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jerry Rushin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jerry Rushin describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jerry Rushin describes the community of Eastman, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jerry Rushin describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jerry Rushin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jerry Rushin talks about his family's move to Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jerry Rushin remembers going to work with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jerry Rushin describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jerry Rushin describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jerry Rushin lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jerry Rushin describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jerry Rushin describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jerry Rushin remembers segregation in Eastman, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jerry Rushin describes his elementary school experiences in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jerry Rushin recalls his influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jerry Rushin recalls his early love of reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jerry Rushin describes his early aspirations, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jerry Rushin describes his early aspirations, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jerry Rushin talks about the black radio stations in South Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jerry Rushin remembers Clarence C. Walker Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jerry Rushin recalls his early exposure to media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jerry Rushin talks about his experiences at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jerry Rushin remembers serving in the Vietnam War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jerry Rushin remembers serving in the Vietnam War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jerry Rushin describes his decision to attend the Lindsey Hopkins Technical College in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jerry Rushin describes his first position at WEDR Radio in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jerry Rushin talks about WEDR Radio's transition to a black format
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jerry Rushin remembers his show on WEDR Radio in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jerry Rushin talks about appealing to his audience on WEDR Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jerry Rushin describes the music on WEDR Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jerry Rushin remembers his celebrity guests on WEDR Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jerry Rushin describes his role as program director on WEDR Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jerry Rushin talks about the types of radio shows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jerry Rushin talks about midday radio shows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jerry Rushin remembers his conflict with the management of WEDR Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jerry Rushin talks about the growth of WEDR Radio during the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jerry Rushin remembers the changes at WEDR Radio during the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jerry Rushin recalls the on air personalities at WEDR Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jerry Rushin recalls the incidents of police brutality that led to the Miami riots of 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jerry Rushin talks about the relations between police and the community in South Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jerry Rushin talks about the acquisition of WEDR Radio by the Cox Media Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jerry Rushin reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jerry Rushin talks about the murder of Trayvon Martin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jerry Rushin talks about his retirement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jerry Rushin describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jerry Rushin reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jerry Rushin talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jerry Rushin reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jerry Rushin talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jerry Rushin describes how he would like to be remembered