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La Donna Tittle

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Pasta, Frog Legs, Oysters, Ribs, Fried Chicken, Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Bye. Chillin' In The Middle.

Birthplace

Born:
3/13/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Pasta, Frog Legs, Oysters, Ribs, Fried Chicken, Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Bye. Chillin' In The Middle.

Birthplace

Born:
3/13/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Radio personality LaDonna Tittle was born in Chicago. She attended Dunbar Vocational School in Chicago, graduating in 1964. She then attended Chicago State University, graduating in 1971 with a B.A. in art education and drama with a minor in journalism.

Tittle started her career in radio soon after college, working the midday and evening shifts on Chicago radio station WBEE the year she graduated. After a stint as a weekend radio personality for WNOV radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tittle returned to Chicago in 1973 to work the midday and evening shifts for WBMX, where she showcased rhythm and blues songs.

Over the next three decades, Tittle made a name for herself not just on the airwaves of Chicago, but also as a model and an actress. She has done voiceover work in commercials for Kraft, Ameritech, Crisco Oil and Fashion Fair, and has acted in various religious and secular plays in Chicago, including productions for the city's Goodman and Steppenwolf theaters. She also appeared in the film The Relic .

Having served stints as an on-air personality for other Chicago radio stations, such as WJPC, WWHN, WNUA, and WGCI, Tittle is also a host and producer for the Web satellite radio station WGCR, which can be accessed in 294 countries. She is also pursuing a master's degree in art and communications from the Art Institute of Chicago. Tittle is the recipient of numerous public service awards, including the Operation PUSH Woman of the Year Award and the Black Radio Exclusive Air Personality Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - La Donna Tittle lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - La Donna Tittle describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - La Donna Tittle describes her parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - La Donna Tittle describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - La Donna Tittle describes visiting her grandfather on Chicago's North Side
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - La Donna Tittle describes her mother's occupation and her early exposure to radio disc jockeys
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - La Donna Tittle describes why her parents put her in Catholic school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - La Donna Tittle describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - La Donna Tittle describes working as a candy girl at the Regal Theater
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - La Donna Tittle describes the role of the radio and music in her household as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - La Donna Tittle describes living in Robert Taylor Homes as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - La Donna Tittle describes what inspired her to pursue acting as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - La Donna Tittle talks about grade school and enrolling at Dunbar Vocational High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - La Donna Tittle talks about her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - La Donna Tittle describes the discipline of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - La Donna Tittle describes attending the funeral of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - La Donna Tittle compares the demographic makeup of schools on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - La Donna Tittle describes how the Civil Rights Movement impacted her as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - La Donna Tittle describes her experiences attending Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - La Donna Tittle talks about the teachers who influenced her as a student at Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - La Donna Tittle talks about mentoring students at Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - La Donna Tittle talks about urban renewal on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - La Donna Tittle talks about becoming more politically aware as a high school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - La Donna Tittle describes her experiences attending Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - La Donna Tittle describes working as a professional model as a student at Chicago State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - La Donna Tittle talks about getting married, attending Loop Junior College and becoming involved in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - La Donna Tittle describes working as a professional model in the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - La Donna Tittle describes becoming involved in the Chicago theater and music scene in the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - La Donna Tittle describes how she became involved in the radio industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - La Donna Tittle talks about her first job in radio at WBEE-AM and how the radio industry has evolved
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - La Donna Tittle talks about working at WBMX-FM and how radio stations get their licenses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - La Donna Tittle describes the challenges of being a female radio disc jockey in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - La Donna Tittle talks about the rise of urban FM radio stations during the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - La Donna Tittle describes the effects of radio personalities joining unions in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - La Donna Tittle describes the impact of being hired as a radio personality at WJPC-AM in 1978
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - La Donna Tittle comments on radio syndication
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - La Donna Tittle reflects upon her experiences working for WJPC-AM
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - La Donna Tittle talks about Tom Joyner and his syndicated radio program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - La Donna Tittle talks about her voice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - La Donna Tittle talks about the most distinct African American female voices in the radio industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - La Donna Tittle talks about her radio and television personalities, and making appearances as a personality for WJPC-AM
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - La Donna Tittle describes her web satellite radio show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - La Donna Tittle describes her experiences working as a radio personality for WJPC-AM
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - La Donna Tittle describes her experiences working as a radio personality for WBMX-FM
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - La Donna Tittle describes how radio stations gather news
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - La Donna Tittle describes how radio disc jockeys select and cue music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - La Donna Tittle talks about memorable moments from her career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - La Donna Tittle talks about memorable moments from her career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - La Donna Tittle describes two of her iconic 'Jet' Magazine photo shoots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - La Donna Tittle compares the work environments of WJPC-AM and WGCI-FM
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - La Donna Tittle talks about the consequences of automated radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - La Donna Tittle describes why HistoryMaker John H. Johnson sold WJPC-AM and FM, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - La Donna Tittle describes why HistoryMaker John H. Johnson sold WJPC-AM and FM, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - La Donna Tittle describes her date with Muhammad Ali
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - La Donna Tittle describes how she met HistoryMaker Melba Moore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - La Donna Tittle describes seeing Muhammad Ali at a boat party with HistoryMaker Melba Moore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - La Donna Tittle describes the lawsuit HistoryMaker John H. Johnson's brought against Ebony Talent Theater (ETA Creative Arts Foundation)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - La Donna Tittle talks about playing Susan Drake in "A Change is Gonna Come" for the ETA Creative Arts Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - La Donna Tittle talks about the Chicagoans who supported the production of "A Change is Gonna Come"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - La Donna Tittle describes her role in the Bud Billiken Day Parade
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - La Donna Tittle talks about movies and television shows she has auditioned for and acted in
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - La Donna Tittle describes working on the film "Ali," in which she plays Drew Bundini Brown's landlady
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - La Donna Tittle names some of her theatrical roles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - La Donna Tittle talks about the challenges of being an actress
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - La Donna Tittle shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - La Donna Tittle reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - La Donna Tittle talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - La Donna Tittle narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - La Donna Tittle narrates her photographs, pt. 2