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Elmo Israel Ellis, British broadcast executive, consultant, columnist.


Ellis, Elmo Israel was born on November 11, 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama. Son of Samuel B. and Bertha F. (Seletz) Israel.


Bachelor of Arts Alabama, 1940; Master of Arts, Emory University, 1948; Postgrad., American Management Association, 1959; Postgrad., Emory University, 1965; Doctor of Letters (honorary), Oglethorpe University, 1995.


Director publicity, production manager Station WSB-AM-FM, Atlanta, 1940-1942; writer, producer "We The People," Columbia Broadcasting System and other network radio programs, 1946—1947; production manager Station WSB-television, 1948-1952; instructor, radio-tv Emory University, 1948—1952, Georgia State University, 1956—1960; manager programming Station WSB-AM-FM, 1952-1963, vice president, general manager, from 1963; vice president Cox Broadcasting Corporation, 1969-1982; Former chairman Radio Advertising Bureau; syndicated radio commentator Jacor Communications, Incorporated, 1982-1987; syndicated columnist Neighbor newspapers, since 1982; former chairman NAFMB, NBC Radio Affiliates, Radio Code Board National Association Broadcasters; lecturer Oglethorpe University, board trustees, since 1975; board visitors College Communications, University Alabama, 1997; member journalism advisory board Emory University, since 1997; president Elmo Ellis Productions, 1982^. Co-author: Radio Station Management, 1960; author: Sleepy Hollow Poems, 1942, Removing the Rust from Radio, 1954, Happiness is Worth the Effort, 1970, Opportunities in Broadcasting Careers, 1986, 5th edition, 1999, The Youthful Option, 1997, The Phoenix-Civil War Centennial Pageant, 1961, Power of the South and other commercial films, articles, poems, television and radio commercials; contributing author: Diagnosis and Prognosis in Journalism, 1962, A Forward Look for Communications, 1967, Business and the Media, 1979. Captain United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946.


  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Hall of Fame elections committee 1987-95)

    1987 - 1995

  • Broadcast Pioneers

  • International Radio-television Society

  • Georgia Association Broadcasters (board directors, past president, Hall of Fame 1987)

  • American Values Incorporated (national advisory board 1987-)

  • Society Professional Journalists (past president, Ralph McGill award 1993)

  • Academy American Poets

  • University Alabama Alumni Association (Distinguished Alumnus award 1993)

  • Commerce Club

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Phi Eta Sigma

  • Tau Kappa Alpha

  • Omicron Delta Kappa.


Spouse Ruth M. Ballinger, December 26, 1944.