Back near the dawn of history (to be exact in February of 1951) I managed to obtain employment at a radio station in Bloomington,
Indiana where I was a student. I became an announcer/DJ. They put me on Sunday mornings because that's where I could do the least
amount of damage. It wasn't long before I discovered something mysterious was going on in the same building that housed the
radio station (a former drugstore). They called it "Television."
I did not have a TV set. Very few people did. This station, as a matter of fact, was the second TV station to go on the air in
The other was in Indianapolis. One fateful day, the TV Program Director approached me and asked if I would do an announcing shift
for the television station. I jumped at the chance and before long I was sitting at an audio control board watching such
pioneering television shows as "Your Show of Shows."
Well one thing led to another and after four and a half years at the Bloomington station I was able to move into the big time.
..Indianapolis. A second station (WISH TV) had come on the air in Indianapolis and I was hired as a Producer/Director. Before long I moved
up in the ranks and became Program Manager. Now one of the real reasons I wanted to be Program Manager was because that job meant
I could book and buy movies for the station. Having been a film buff all my life, it was a fantastic chance!
After awhile I came up with the idea to host a series of thematic movies. These were movies from the 30's and 40's and I called
the series "When Movies Were Movies." This of course was way before Bob Dorian and AMC...before Paul Osborne and TCM...in fact
way before cable. I started
hosting in 1971 and the series was so successful, it ran ten years.
But things change and television was no exception. Huge corporations began buying out local owners and before I knew it some
monster named "Dun and Bradstreet" had bought our station. Autonomy went out the window. All decisions were made at the
corporate headquarters in New York. After 20 years at the station, I quit.
I became an Associate Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. It wasn't long until I became
a full Professor with (gasp) tenure! I retired from Ball State after 23 years service. Along the way I have done movie reviews
for both radio and television, written articles on movies for "The Saturday Evening Post", "Classic Images", The Indianapolis Star
Magazine and others.
My book, "Hoosiers in Hollywood" which was published in 2006. It is now sold out. The Indiana Historical Society informed me their
budget was cut drastically and they could not afford to publish a second edition of such an expensive book. Therefore I am currently
talking to other publishers in the hope that one might publish a second edition (probably paperback) with shortened biographies.
You will find more
specific information on the book on this web site. Check the menu page.
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