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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Nuts (Cashew)
Favorite Time of Year:
August
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sydney, Australia
Favorite Quote:
Trust Me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1938
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Nuts (Cashew)
Favorite Time of Year:
August
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sydney, Australia
Favorite Quote:
Trust Me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1938
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Broadcast chief executive N. John Douglas was born in New York City in 1938, the son of Mae, a registered nurse, and John, a teller. In 1960, Douglas received his B.S. degree in physics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. At Bates, he participated in athletics and still holds the long jump record for a New England college athlete.

After earning his M.S. degree in physics from Howard University in 1962, Douglas worked as a senior scientist at Lockheed Research Laboratories in Palo Alto, California. He worked there until 1968, winning the Lockheed Corporation Publication Award in both 1967 and 1968. Douglas entered the world of business in 1968 at the Bank of America, becoming the first African American security analyst at a major financial institution. That same year, he studied business administration at the University of Santa Clara and investment analysis and management at the University of California, Berkeley. Douglas continued working as a security analyst and in managerial positions, for various companies and brokerage houses until 1981.

Since then, Douglas has been highly successful in the field of broadcast programming and operations. In 1981, he founded KSTS-TV, Channel 48 in San Jose, California, the first African American-owned television station in the United States. He also served as the creator and news director of Business Today, the first nationally syndicated daily business news program to air on stations in the top five markets and on a cable network reaching six million homes. Douglas is also the founder and chairman of Douglas Broadcasting, Inc., a twenty-five station radio broadcast group created in 1989.

Presently, Douglas is the president and CEO of AIM Broadcasting. AIM focuses on ethnic audiences with radio stations throughout the United States.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - N. John Douglas describes his father's personality
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - N. John Douglas describes his earliest childhood memory
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - N. John Douglas describes his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - N. John Douglas describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - N. John Douglas discusses his childhood athletics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - N. John Douglas talks about his experience at Dwight Morrow High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - N. John Douglas describes his experience at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - N. John Douglas describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - N. John Douglas talks about his high school athletics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - N. John Douglas talks about his interest in physics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - N. John Douglas describes the environment at Bates College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - N. John Douglas his athletic experience at Bates College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - N. John Douglas discusses his academics at Bates College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - N. John Douglas describes his experience on the track team at Bates College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - N. John Douglas describes the African American community at Bates College and in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - N. John Douglas describes attending at Howard University for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - N. John Douglas talks about receiving his M.S. degree in physics from Howard University and being hired at Lockheed Research Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - N. John Douglas talks about moving to California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - N. John Douglas describes his work at Lockheed Research Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - N. John Douglas talks about his experience at Lockheed Research Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - N. John Douglas talks about his career at Lockheed Research Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - N. John Douglas talks about his experience at Bank of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - N. John Douglas describes his experience as a black financial analyst
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - N. John Douglas talks about his family's reaction to his career choice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - N. John Douglas talks about working at International Strategy and Investment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - N. John Douglas describes the environment for African Americans in Corporate America in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - N. John Douglas talks about his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - N. John Douglas describes his experience as an analyst at Bear Stearns, Reynolds and Company, and at James Capel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - N. John Douglas describes being hired at Castle and Cooke, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - N. John Douglas describes Castle and Cooke, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - N. John Douglas describes his experience working at Castle and Cooke, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - N. John Douglas describes his work with the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - N. John Douglas discusses the cultural sensitivity of Castle and Cooke, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - N. John Douglas talks about what he learned at Castle and Cooke, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - N. John Douglas discusses starting his broadcasting company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - N. John Douglas discusses the launch of KSTS-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - N. John Douglas describes what he learned running KSTS-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - N. John Douglas describes his experience at KSTS-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - N. John Douglas describes his sale of KSTS-TV to Telemundo
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - N. John Douglas describes what he learned from working with venture capitalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - N. John Douglas describes the barriers faced by black-owned media properties
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - N. John Douglas talks about his employees at KSTS-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - N. John Douglas describes some of the programs he produced for KSTS-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - N. John Douglas talks about the building of Douglas Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - N. John Douglas talks about his achievements with Douglas Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - N. John Douglas describes starting Personal Achievement Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - N. John Douglas describes satellite radio and its potential
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - N. John Douglas reflects upon his career path
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - N. John Douglas talks about the potential for more African Americans in broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - N. John Douglas describes the importance of investing and black-owned businesses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - N. John Douglas describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - N. John Douglas reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - N. John Douglas talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - N. John Douglas narrates his photos