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ACRN founder dies at 87


Dec 22, 2009
From staff reports

Archie Greer, alumnus and professor emeritus of telecommunications, died Sunday. He was 87.

Greer is credited with founding the All Campus Radio Network, or ACRN, in 1971. Prior to that, independent residence hall-based radio stations existed around campus. Students were interested in networking the stations into one all-campus station, and with Greer’s leadership, ACRN was born.

“Without the work that he did with WOUB and with ACRN, hundreds if not thousands of students wouldn’t have had the opportunity that they did while they were in school to get real broadcasting experience,” said Jason Robinaugh, ACRN general manager, “I know I wouldn’t have had that opportunity if ACRN didn’t exit. It’s in large part his doing.”

Greer earned a BFA from OHIO in 1949 and an MFA in 1953. He managed WOUB from 1953 to 1967 and taught broadcasting until 1994. Established in 1986, the Archie Greer Scholarship gives preference to students making significant contributions to ACRN.

In 2008 alumnus Roger E. Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News, returned to campus to dedicate a newsroom in the Radio-Television Communication Building; at the ceremony, he credited Greer with jump starting the would-be broadcaster’s career. "Archie was probably the first person to have confidence in me and say, 'You can do things,' and gave me an opportunity to help out at the radio station. And for that, Archie, thank you very much," Ailes said.

In 2007 when ACRN moved its physical location to Baker University Center, the studio was dedicated in Greer’s honor. At the ceremony marking the event, Greer said, “I think everybody, no matter who they are … probably would like to be somehow remembered when it’s all over. This is your way of showing me that you remember and that I will not be forgotten. That’s a distinct privilege.”

Visitation hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Jagers and Sons Funeral Home,* 24 Morris Ave.,
Athens, Ohio. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

 

Published: Dec 22, 2009 3:04 PM

 
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Archie Greer speaking at the 2007 ACRN dedication in Baker University Center.

Photo courtesy of: acrnalumni.com 


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