Jack Clifford

Jack Clifford

School of Communication

Jack Clifford

2003 Alumni Academy Inductee

Jack CliffordJack Clifford received his BA in Communication in 1956 and was one of the students who helped create Western's campus radio station WIDR-FM. He is a life member of the WMU Alumni Association and a member to the WIDR-FM Alumni Association. Though currently semi-retired, Jack Clifford currently serves as a consultant to major broadcast corporations including Ziff-Davis Publishing, Belo, ABN, AHN and TVFN; is active in the community through the Clifford Family Charitable Foundation; is a guest lecturer at numerous universities; and has received a variety of cable TV industry awards. Jack has been in the broadcast industry for more than 50 years. He got his start as the first sports anchorman at KTVK in July 1957. He left KTVK in 1962 to work at KTAR-TV in their sales department. Eight years later, he became the statio''s president and general manager. He later ended up in Rhode Island with the Providence Journal Company, where he was executive vice president. Jack developed their electronic media business into one of the nation's largest broadcast TV, cable TV and TV programming companies. He founded and was chairman of the Food Network and of the Northwest Cable News. In 2001-02, Jack was inducted into the Silver Circle Society of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). This Society recognizes individuals with 25 years or more of experience within the Rocky Mountain region for their significant contributions to the region and the broadcast industry. Jack enjoys golf, tennis, swimming, camping and music. Currently, Jack and his wife, Marguerite, are actively pursuing their love of ballroom dancing.

 

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