Dr. Robert Lochte, Chair
114 Wilson Hall
I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee - Music City USA and lived there through high school. After I finished college and married my wife Kate, we moved to Los Angeles where I went to graduate school and worked in cable TV. My professional broadcasting career began in 1966 with a part time radio job at WKDA in Nashville. After graduate school, I worked as a television producer and director at WTCI, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kate and I, along with several partners, bought radio station WMGL, Pulaski, Tennessee, and operated it for seven years. Then we formed another company and put television station WTCI, a Fox affiliate, on the air in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia market. In the two-year interim between the sale of WMGL and the start of operations at WTCI, I enrolled at the University of Tennesse to complete classes for my Ph.D. After the sale of WETO in 1988, I accepted a faculty position at Murray State and have been here ever since.
Ph.D., Mass Communications, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1987
M.A., Broadcasting, Columbia College - Los Angeles, 1974
A.B., English, Bowdoin College, 1972
My current research interests include Rock 'n' Roll disc jockeys of the 1950's, mass communications in North America before Columbus, and American music and popular culture of the 1950's.
JMC 099 - Freshman Transitions
JMC 615 - History of US Journalism and Broadcasting
JMC 648 - Mass Media Industries