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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Breakfast Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Everything's Hard Until It's Easy.

Birthplace

Born:
11/28/1937
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Breakfast Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Everything's Hard Until It's Easy.

Birthplace

Born:
11/28/1937
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Radio executive Marv Dyson was born November 28, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois to Florence Dyson and Richard Dyson, both of whom were radio announcers. In the early 1940s, Dyson attended McCosh Elementary School in the West Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago and Parker High School, graduating in 1955.

Dyson attended the College of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas, graduating in 1959. In 1968, Dyson began working for Johnson Publishing Company’s legendary WJPC-FM radio station in Chicago, where he became president and general manager. In the mid-1970s, Dyson discovered radio disc jockey Tom Joyner, who was working in radio in Montgomery, Alabama, and convinced him to work for WJPC-FM, where Joyner would stay until the mid-1980s.

In 1978, Dyson left WJPC and began working for Clear Channel’s WGCI-FM and WVAZ-FM as a sales account executive. He became general manager of the station in 1981, hiring Kevin Wagner, the future founder of Urban Radio Communications, out of high school to be the station’s account executive. Another discovery of Dyson’s was on-air personality Doug Banks, who began his radio show with WGCI-FM in 1986. He also gave comedian Steve Harvey his first break in the radio broadcasting industry.

Dyson was promoted to President of WGCI-FM in 1994 after leading the station to Chicago’s highest audience ratings. In 1998, Dyson received a lifetime achievement award at the third annual March of Dimes Achievement Radio Awards. In 2003, Dyson was honored by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the radio community as the Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago’s Person of the Year. That same year, Dyson retired as general manager of Clear Channel’s urban radio station group after thirty-five years. Dyson was an early investor in Urban Radio Communications, and, in 2005, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Fund infused $17 million into the company, doubling the group’s properties and making it the second-largest African American-owned radio company in the country. Dyson co-owns thirteen radio stations, and he is the director of operations at Kennedy King College’s radio station, 89.3 WKKC-FM.

Dyson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 20, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marv Dyson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marv Dyson remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marv Dyson describes his parents' careers in radio broadcasting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marv Dyson talks about his parents and brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marv Dyson recalls the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marv Dyson recalls his experiences at Parker High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marv Dyson talks about his siblings and children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marv Dyson remembers meeting his second wife
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marv Dyson recalls his high school classmates
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marv Dyson remembers his early activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marv Dyson describes his children's professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Marv Dyson describes his family's religious involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Marv Dyson reflects upon his parents' influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Marv Dyson talks about his hobbies
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Marv Dyson describes how he began his radio career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Marv Dyson remembers his work at WJPC Radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marv Dyson describes his parents' radio shows in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marv Dyson describes his mother's radio show, 'Listen Ladies'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marv Dyson describes his college education and early work experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marv Dyson recalls his sales position at WAAF Radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marv Dyson describes the radio industry of the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marv Dyson remembers the African American radio personalities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marv Dyson remembers hiring Tom Joyner at WGCI Radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marv Dyson recalls Steve Harvey's first radio show
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marv Dyson talks about urban radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marv Dyson lists the radio stations where he worked
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marv Dyson describes the African American radio stations of the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marv Dyson describes his experiences of racial discrimination as a radio salesman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marv Dyson remembers the election of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marv Dyson recalls the role of black radio stations in fundraising for Girl X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marv Dyson describes the radio program at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marv Dyson remembers Bob Wall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marv Dyson remembers Herb Kent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marv Dyson recalls his accomplishments at WGCI Radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marv Dyson remembers Elroy Smith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marv Dyson talks about his hiring philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marv Dyson remembers his retirement from WGCI Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marv Dyson describes his transition to radio station ownership
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marv Dyson talks about the advertising on gospel radio stations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marv Dyson recalls his acquaintance with African American celebrities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marv Dyson talks about his retirement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marv Dyson shares his advice to aspiring radio professionals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marv Dyson describes his role at Kennedy-King College's WKKC Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marv Dyson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marv Dyson describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marv Dyson narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marv Dyson narrates his photographs, pt. 2