The House that Jack Built: The Autobiography of a Successful American Dreamer, Businessman, and Entertainer

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Amber Books Publishing, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is A TRUE RAG TO RICHES AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY. Hal Jackson is a founder, owner and Group Chairman of Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, the largest privately held Black-owned broadcasting network in the nation, which includes: WBLS-FM 107.5 and WLIB in New York City, as well as fifteen other radio station outlets in major markets and cable television stations throughout the United States. Hal Jackson and his wife Debi B. Jackson host the HJ Sunday Classics on WBLS (8:00A.M. - 4:00P.M.), a #1 rated show in New York City on Sunday, which has been the number one (1) FM weekend radio program nationwide for over a decade. During his broadcasting career, Harold Hal Jackson has made numerous contributions to the African-American community. As an icon and an activist, Hal rose to the pinnacle of his profession by becoming one of the nation's leading entertainment and broadcasting industry executives. Hal Jackson is the first African-American inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame, the first African-American inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, a National Association of Black-owned Broadcasters honoree, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Hal Jackson has been the executive producer and host of the Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International Scholarship Competition (HJTTI) for more than thirty years. THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is about a remarkable man, whose determination and vision would make him one of the most significant figures in American radio and television history.
 

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Contents

Hisstory
1
Hal and Percy
7
Charleston to Washington
19
Marriage Sportswriting and Broadcasting
33
Beginning My Radio Broadcasting Career
49
Sports Promotion and the Basketball World Championship
63
Awards and Rewards
75
The House That Jack Built
89
WLIB and the Payola Scandal
127
Reminiscing
145
Starting Over
153
With Kings and Queens
163
Am Blessed
173
Radio Station Owner
189
Rebuilding Jacks House
197
Index
209

New Worlds to Conquer
99
Back to the Big Apple
113

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About the author (2003)

Hal Jackson has been on the radio since the late 1930s and is host and executive producer of Sunday Classics, heard on New York's 107.5, WBLS. He is Group Chairman of Inner City Broadcasting and Executive Producer and Host of his Talented Teens International competition. He lives in New York City with his wife, Debra.

Author Jim Haskins was born in Demopolis, Alabama on September 19, 1941. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1960, a B.S. from Alabama State University in 1962, and a M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1963. After graduation, he became a special education teacher in a public school in Harlem. His first book, Diary of a Harlem School Teacher, was the result of his experience there. He taught at numerous colleges and universities before becoming an English professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1977. He wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, ranging from counting books for children to biographies on Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron and Spike Lee. He won numerous awards for his work including the 1976 Coretta Scott King Award for The Story of Stevie Wonder, the 1984 Coretta Scott King Award for Lena Horne, the 1979 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime; and the 1994 Washington Post Children's Book Guide Award. He also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for young adult non-fiction for Black Music in America; The March on Washington; and Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History in 1989, 1994, and 2001, respectively. He died from complications of emphysema on July 6, 2005 at the age of 63.

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