James H. Quellos 50-year career in radio has taken him from
the Motor City to the halls of Americas government.
Quello was born in Laurium, Michigan in 1914 and started his broadcast
career in 1945, when he joined the promotions department at WXYZ/Detroit.
Two years later, Quello moved to rival station WJR and became Vice-President
and General Manager in 1960. When Capital Cities Broadcasting purchased
WJR, Quello became WJR station manager and a Capital Cities vice-president.
He also served on Detroits Housing and Urban Renewal Commission
for 21 years.
In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon made Quello a Commissioner
at the Federal Communications Commission. Quello served as FCC Commissioner
for over 20 years, overseeing the evolution and deregulation of
radio and television broadcasting during a period of enormous technological
and social change. He stepped down as Commissioner in 1998.
Quello has earned numerous accolades during his career, including
a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters
and the first Milestone Award from the Institute for Communications
Law Studies at the Catholic University of America.
James H. Quello died on January 24, 2010.
James H. Quello was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.
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