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Loonis Reeves McGlohon

Loonis Reeves McGlohon, American broadcasting executive, pianist, composer. Recipient Peabody award, 1977-1978, Atlantic City Press award, 1986, North Carolina award, 1989; named Alumnus of Year, East Carolina University, 1983, North Carolina Composer of Year, 1983; grantee National Endowment for the Arts, 1979.


  • McGlohon, Loonis Reeves was born on September 29, 1921 in Ayden, North Carolina, United States. Son of Max Cromwell and Bertha (Andrews) McGlohon.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, East Carolina University, 1942. HHD (honorary), University North Carolina, 1986. HHD (honorary), East Carolina University, 1990.

      HHD (honorary), Winthrop University, 1997. HHD (honorary), Belmont Abbey College, 1998.


    • With Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1949-1975.


    • Composer over 200 compositions and works, including many recorded jazz and popular pieces such as Blackberry Winter, The Wine of May, A Long Night: co-writer with Alec Wilder (opera) Mountain Boy. Various commissions for religious works. Film scores.

      New museum version of Land of Oz, 1970-1973. Syndicated television feature museum scores, including Come Blow Your Horn, 1966, others. Score for symphonic drama The Hornets Nest, 1965.

      Guest performer North Carolina Symphony, also performed in China, Japan, Singapore and London, 1987, Carnegie Hall, 1987, 88. As pianist toured with Eileen Farrell, Mabel Mercer, Judy Garland. Recording artist over 20 albums with Eileen Farrell, Tony Bennett, Dick Haymes, Margaret Whiting, London Philharmonic, 1990, others.

      Co-host (public television show) American Popular Songs, 1976-1980.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Organizer North Carolina Agency Big Brothers American, 1972, vice president, 1972-1973. Producer, chairman March of Dimes Telerama, 1972. Board directors Cultural Arts Committee of Charlotte, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Easter Seal Society, Big Brothers Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945.

    Member AGAC, Broadcast Music Inc., Public Relations Society of America, Nordisk, JASRAC, Charlotte Athletic Club.


    • Married Nan Lovelace, June 19, 1943. Children: Reeves, Fan, Laurie.
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    Born September 29, 1921
    Died January 26, 2002
    (aged 80)
    • 1942
      East Carolina University
    • 1986
      University North Carolina
    • 1990
      East Carolina University
    • 1997
      Winthrop University
    • 1998
      Belmont Abbey College
    • 1949 - 1975
      With Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting Company
      Charlotte, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines