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Ronald H. Brewington

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Ain't Nothing Cooking But The Peas In The Pot, And They Wouldn't Be Cooking If The Water Wasn't Hot.

Birthplace

Born:
11/2/1946
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Ain't Nothing Cooking But The Peas In The Pot, And They Wouldn't Be Cooking If The Water Wasn't Hot.

Birthplace

Born:
11/2/1946
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Broadcast executive Ronald H. Brewington was born with his twin brother, Rudolph on November 2, 1946 in the Harlem borough of New York City. Tradition has it that his mother, Mosetta Smalls of Charleston, South Carolina was a descendent of Reconstruction era congressman, Robert Smalls. Brewington attended PS5, St. Charles Borrmeo and St. Thomas, the Apostle schools. He studied aviation mechanics at Aviation High School, and joined the United States Navy after graduating in 1964. Brewington earned a certificate in Journalism from UCLA in 1985; a B.A. in Broadcast journalism from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Arts degree from Harrington University, London, England.

Brewington, attracted to broadcasting, started at KEYS-AM in Corpus Christi, TX. He worked at KEXX-FM and KRIS-TV, and then became Director of Navy Broadcasting Service Detachments in Adak, Alaska and Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory.This was followed by KKFX-AM in Seattle, WA. He then moved to the USS New Jersey (BB-62), then to KLON-FM, Long Beach, CA. From there, Brewington worked at KGFJ-AM and KJLH-FM in Los Angeles, CA. He served for seventeen years. Starting at KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, Brewington worked as an anchor/reporter at KKFX-AM in Seattle; KLON-FM, Lon Beach; KGFJ-FM and KJLH-FM in Los Angeles. He served for seventeen years as the Los Angeles bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, covering the Democratic National Conventions in 1980 and 2000, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Rodney King trial and the subsequent rebellion and both O.J. Simpson trials. Brewington covered entertainment events like the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, American Music Awards, Emmy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, BET Awards and others. Currently a news/entertainment stringer for Associated Press Radio Network and Los Angeles correspondent to U.K. based Chatbusters News Service.

As president of B&B Productions, Pyramid Productions, Silver Dollar Productions and Ron Brewington Productions, he is the producer of the nationally syndicated three hour tributes to the late Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye: Pride and Joy and the sequel, Marvin Gaye: Prince of Motown. He produced Labor Day Soul Jam, King: A Celebration of the Man and His Dream, Back to the Roots: A Soul Music Celebration, A Man Named King, Merry Soul Christmas and Street Scene. He also writes, produces and hosts the two-hour R&B Superstars Series. Brewington is the voice of the NAACP Image Awards, Heroes and Legends Awards, Hollywood Black Film Festival and Black Talent News Awards. He has been the prime mover in the campaign to include African American stars to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and to get a commemorative postage stamp for Marvin Gaye. Brewington is known for giving silver dollars to community heroes.

Brewington was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio on November 4, 2007 along with his twin brother and broadcasting colleague, Rudolph Brewington.

Ronald H. Brewington was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 28, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his mother's growing up in Harlem, New York City and her career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald H. Brewington describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald H. Brewington remembers growing up in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald H. Brewington describes the influence of music and radio in his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronald H. Brewington describes the grade schools he attended in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronald H. Brewington recalls his experience at Aviation High School in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronald H. Brewington describes Harlem, New York City in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about his time in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronald H. Brewington remembers traveling to Yemassee, South Carolina to visit his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronald H. Brewington recalls racist incidents in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about his introduction to broadcasting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about becoming a chief journalist for the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his duties as a U.S. Navy journalist on Diego Garcia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about working as assistant public affairs officer on the USS New Jersey in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronald H. Brewington describes working for the Bob Hope Hollywood USO Club and the Sheridan Broadcasting Network in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronald H. Brewington remembers the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, California, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald H. Brewington remembers the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, California, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about covering awards shows with American Urban Radio Networks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronald H. Brewington recalls the death of Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his efforts to memorialize Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about Marvin Gaye
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about covering O.J. Simpson's criminal and civil trials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald H. Brewington defines what it means to be a black journalist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ronald H. Brewington remembers his favorite moments as a reporter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his desire to provide assistance to Sudan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his involvement with the Real Men Cook Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his Comcast show, 'Minute by Minute'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about the Tuskegee Airmen and Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronald H. Brewington describes the civic and professional organizations he belongs to
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronald H. Brewington describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ronald H. Brewington reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ronald H. Brewington reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ronald H. Brewington describes a fight that occurred at the 2004 Vibe Awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about Dick Clark
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ronald H. Brewington talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ronald H. Brewington shares his thoughts about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's immigration comments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Ronald H. Brewington describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Ronald H. Brewington narrates his photographs