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Herb Howard to be Inducted in TN Radio Hall of Fame

Herb HowardSchool of Journalism and Electronic Media Professor Emeritus Herb Howard will be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame on May 6 in Nashville (see  

Howard’s first job in radio was at WJHL in his hometown of Johnson City. By the time he was a college senior, he was the full-time manager of the station.

He went on to become a faculty member at the University of Tennessee in 1959. Over the next 40 years, he is estimated to have taught 6,000 undergrad students, 900 master’s degree students and 250 doctoral students. His former students now work at colleges, newsrooms, broadcast professions and other positions around the world. Larry Patrick (MS/C&I ’73), managing partner of Patrick Communications, LLC, was one of those students influenced by Howard who was the inspiration for Patrick’s gift of a distinguished professorship in Howard’s name.

When first hired by UT, Howard spent 75 percent of his time in radio services running a tape network program and 25 percent teaching broadcast news and management courses in the School of Journalism.  Howard quickly developed a reputation as a great teacher and was asked to move from radio services to a full-time teaching position as an assistant professor. As part of becoming a full time, tenure track faculty member, he completed a doctoral degree at Ohio University in 1973.

Howard retired from UT in June of 1999 after serving 18 years as associate dean of graduate studies in addition to his faculty role. “We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to Herb Howard for his dedicated service to this College and its students,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “He played a major role in building the strong foundation for education and research upon which the College of Communication and Information stands, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor!”

One of Professor Howard’s former students, CCI Board of Visitors Vice Chair John T. Williams (BS/JEM ’71), sent a wonderful audio tribute to Professor Howard to congratulate him on being selected for the Hall of Fame (Click here to play).