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Kenneth J. Garry Papers

 Collection 0020-MMC-NPBA

Dr. Kenneth John Garry Jr. (1942-2015) had a long and distinguished career in public broadcasting. Dr. Garry taught numerous radio and television courses and filled a variety of positions including station manager, director of development and ascertainment for WSIU and WUSI FM/TV (both owned by Southern Illinois University). In 1996, he was appointed president and general manager of WCTE-TV in Cookeville, Tennessee. Garry retired in 2006. The collection documents the growth and early history of various public radio organizations.


  • 1970-1988 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1973-1978

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


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Born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1942, Kenneth John Garry has had a long and distinguished career in public broadcasting. Garry's education includes a bachelor's degree in economics and history in 1964 from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana), a master's degree in broadcasting in 1966 from Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Indiana), and a Ph.D. in instructional technology and higher education from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois) which he received in 1982.

Before accepting his current appointment in 1996 as President and General Manager of WCTE-TV in Cookeville, Tennessee, Garry was an administrator at Southern Illinois University. From 1971 to 1996, Garry taught numerous radio and television courses and filled a variety of positions, including Director of Graduate Studies in Telecommunications, General Manager of WUSI TV/FM, Station Manager of WSIU-FM, and Director of Development and Ascertainment for WSIU/WUSI FM/TV. While at Southern Illinois University, Garry was instrumental in drafting over two dozen successful grant applications, which garnered over two million dollars for the university's broadcasting service.

Before his work at Southern Illinois University, Garry served as a radio station manager at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida) and the University of Nebraska (Omaha, Nebraska). During his early career, Garry worked as a television producer/director for the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, a commercial broadcast account executive in Omaha, Nebraska, and as an institutional/restaurant foodstuffs salesman for Kraft Foods Company in Chicago, Illinois.


Organized as four series:

  1. Series 1: Association of Public Radio Stations (APRS)
  2. Series 2: Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
  3. Series 3: National Public Radio (NPR)
  4. Series 4: Miscellaneous Organizations and Audio Tapes

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Kenneth J. Garry papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by Kenneth J. Garry in February of 1997.

Guide to the Kenneth J. Garry Papers
Processed by Max Grivno, October 1998
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Revision Statements

  • 2007-04-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Karen E. King, April 2007.
  • 2008-02-15: EAD revised by Karen E. King, February 2008
  • 2011-05-05: EAD revised by Karen E. King, May 2011
  • 2018-12-17: Finding aid reviewed and minor edits made by Duncan Griffin.
  • 2021-07-23: Jim Baxter re-wrote the collection abstract.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742