David Gleason's
Illustrated
Biography


56 Years in Radio Broadcasting

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Ancestry:   Gleason,
Chandler Frackelton.
A little about my ancestral roots.
The Chandlers from Chandlersville, Illinois
Frackeltons from Jacksonville, Illinois
Gleasons from Newburgh, NY.
Family Some clippings and items about my parents.
Birth-1960 From childhood to a basement printing business. Complete with pictures with dogs and ducks.

Also documented is my creation of my school's newspaper and journalism studies at Michigan State University.
AM Radio DXing My initial experience in radio was based on an interest in picking up distant AM stations. In turn, this interest was born of ownership of shares of Storer Broadcasting.

1959-1963:
Go-fer in Cleveland
WCUY & WJMO, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Part time board operator, short-lived (and bad) announcer, and general janitor and "Go-fer"
1963:
Mexico City Internship
Intern at duopoly group operator Organización Radio Centro, México, D.F., México, under supervision of Ramiro Garza.
1963:
Tikal
&
The Mayas
Over the Christmas season in 1963, I researched one aspect in Mayan civilization and culture in University libraries and by actual observation at Tikal, developing
a theory on the use of the ball courts (in more recent picture) in the earlier civilizations.


 

1964-1970:
Group

Ownership
in
Ecuador
 
Teen-age (really!) owner and manager, Núcleo Radión, Quito, Ecuador. Built group of 12 AM and FM stations, including Northern South America's first independent FM facility and area's first Top 40 station.

Stations included Radio Musical, Canal Tropical, Radio Fiesta, Teleonda Musical, Sonora Musical, Ecos de la Montaña, Radio Alfa Musical (Cuenca), Radio Carrousel (Guayaquil) , Radio Musical (Ambato) and several others.  
  1970-1972:
WUNO
in
San Juan
 
General Manager, WUNO, San Juan, Puerto Rico, a Top 40 station that successfully challenged and tied the 50-year #1 station on the Island. 
  1972: Birmingham?
Yes,
Birmingham!

 
 Transferred with Mooney Broadcasting to Birmingham, Alabama, as Program Director of new acquisition WERC AM&FM. Converted the FM to one of the first FM CHR stations in the USA.
  1973-1975: Consultant
KWKW
KRUX
Student at
ASU 
Consultant with variety of clients in the American Southwest, including pioneer Spanish-language station KWKW in Los Angeles and legendary Top 40 operations KRUX, KTKT and KENO. Worked on college degree in marketing at Arizona State University at same time. 
  1975-1980:
Pueblo International
Puerto Rico
 
Vice President and General Manager, Pueblo Communications, WQII & WSRA, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rebuilt failed stations and created Puerto Rico's first Adult Contemporary station and its leading Beautiful Music operation.  
  1979: Z-93 in Puerto Rico  Developed the World's first all-salsa radio station, WZNT, Z-93 in San Juan. Station achieved over a 30+ share in its first 90 days on the air.  
  1980-1982: Radio Hit in Miami  General Manager, WHTT, Miami, Florida, for Norm Wain and Bob Weiss' Metroplex; sister station to South Florida monster Y-100. 
  1982-1985: Format Syndication in Miami  Owner, Música en Flor, Miami, Florida. Company specialized in Latin American program syndication and consultation. Worked in 17 countries from Tierra del Fuego to the Mexican border. At its peak, over 80 stations programmed "Música en Flor".
  1986
Radio Marti Evaluation  
In 1986 conducted the Congressionally mandated review of the US Information Agency's Radio Martí program which broadcasts to Cuba.  
  1985-1992: Salsoul in Puerto Rico  Programming Consultant, Sales Manager and Vice President of ARSO Radio Corporation, San Juan, Puerto Rico, group operator of seven radio stations in Puerto Rico and Florida. 
  1986-1987
Z-101
Santo Domingo 
Programming Consultant for Bienvenido Rodríguez and  Z-101 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and creator of El Gobierno de la Mañana with Willy Rodríguez and Marino Guzmán. The show continues to be #1 after nearly 30 years.  
  1992-1994: KHJ Vice President of Operations for Spanish language KHJ-Los Angeles and sister KWIZ-Santa Ana, California, working for Liberman Broadcasting.  
  1994-Present: Exitos Express  Consultant and programmer, Radio Express, Inc. for  ExitosExpress® and Tropical Express®  program services which provide the latest music to hundreds of radio stations in Latin America. 
  1995-1997:
KTNQ and talk radio 
Heftel Broadcasting, Los Angeles. 1995-1998: Program Director-KTNQ-AM when it became the most listened-to Spanish news/talk station in the USA. 
  1997  In 1997, Heftel Broadcasting merged with Tichenor Media Systems and became Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation. 
  1997-2003: Hispanic Broadcasting  Vice President Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation. Converted various HBC AM stations to news and talk and then moved to the FM operations. In 2003, Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation merged with Univision 

1995 - 2005: UnoRadio Puerto Rico   Consultant to UnoRadio Group, operator of the market-leading Salsoul, Radio Fidelity and NotiUno networks in US market #14,Puerto Rico. In 2005, Salsoul (the WPRM Network) celebrated 20 years at #1, the longest run recorded in the Top 50 US Markets.  
  1999 - 2005:
Mega 98.3 Argentina 
Consultant to Emmis owned Votionis, S.A. operator of #1 AM news-talk Radio 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the world's first 100% Spanish rock station, Mega 98.3: each station was #1 on its band! 
  1999-2003
XM Satellite Hispanic Channels
 
HBC contracted to provide 5 Spanish language channels to XM Satellite Radio when it launched.  
Channels included rock en español, contemporary, tropical, tejano and regional Mexican.
  2003 - 2011: Univision SIP  Executive Vice President, Univision Radio, Servicio de Información Programativa. "SIP" is the programming and research arm of Univision Radio working with over 70 stations in 17 markets in the US and Puerto Rico.  
  2004
NAB San Diego 
The Programming Super Session at NAB in 2004
  2006 - 2011
Recuerdo Network 
The Recuerdo radio network is created by Amalia Gonzalez, Owen Leach and David Gleason as a response to imitation of the original HBC-developed format. Competitors in markets like Dallas and San Francisco switch format.
   2013 - Present Consultant to Univision Radio.