Professor Reggie Miles

Music radio and teaching is my life. I have been blessed to have several outstanding mentors (Danny Leake, Ernie Greene, and Professor Virgil Hemphill) whose expertise shaped my career invaluably. The most gratifying experiences of this journey have been the realization of a loving God and seeing the success of the students that I have mentored.  It is an honor to teach and a charge that I do not take lightly.

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Reggie Miles The History

Reggie Miles entertained audiences in Chicago for twenty years as a Disc Jockey. He began spinning records while attending college in 1972. After two years at Lewis University, Reggie decided to attended Kennedy King College in pursuit of a dream to become a radio personality. The journey began at the newly formed WKKC FM. During his years at the community college station Reggie’s fame spread into the Stepper’s music scene of Chicago. His versatility with the music (R&B, Dusties, Disco, Jazz, Steppers) and a distinct radio voice led Reggie to several established clubs and social clubs. His emergence on the Chicago DJ scene was a direct result of the following he created at WKKC FM.  From 1987 through 1991, Reggie was recognized as one of the top Stepping DJ’s in Chicago and was awarded the Steppers DJ of the year award in 1991. Mr. Miles established himself  among the DJ elite combining radio professionalism, personality and innovative mixing techniques that laid the foundation for the contemporary styles of Steppers' DJ's.  After nearly a 20 year absence from the Steppers scene Reggie’s talent as a Stepper’s DJ is talked about as Legend.  

At Kennedy-King College Reggie began his broadcasting career in 1974 as one of the first student announcers at WKKC-FM. Reggie Miles pioneered the "Best Variety of Hits and Dusties" format in 1975.  For 20 years, in an on and off relationship with the community college station, Reggie made an impact as a radio personality.  In 1996, ater graduating from Columbia College, Reggie returned to WKKC FM as Operations Manager and restructured training for students.Through his efforts at WKKC, Reggie helped the station to win it's first award "College Station of the Year Award" from the Black College Radio Convention in April of 1997.   Mr. Miles was promoted to Station Manager in June 1997.

Born and raised in the Englewood Community Reggie deeply desired to "give back" and Kennedy-King College provided the opportunity. During the fall of 1997 while in graduate school at Governors State University, Reggie started his career as a college instructor teaching the radio production courses.   As manager and college instructor, Mr. Miles directed WKKC FM as a recruitment tool resulting in increased enrollment in the Broadcasting Department and college wide.  In addition, Reggie concentrated WKKC FM's programming on serving the community and training students to be professionals.  WKKC FM's popularity caught the attention of Crawford Broadcasting in 1999 and hired Mr. Miles and several Kennedy-King College broadcasting students as part-time personnel. In March 2002, Reggie Miles installed a digital automation system at WKKC FM ushering in 24 hour operation.  Additionally, in April 2002, Mr. Miles was presented with the Black College Radio Station Manager of the Year Award. The relationship with Kennedy King College ended January 3, 2003.

Before being hired at Kennedy King College, Reggie Miles became a Christian in November of 1994 and joined the Apostolic Church of God where he learned the art and science of audio recording. Mr. Miles was drafted into the Audio Ministry of the Church. "Your reputation precedes you," was the comment from the director of the engineering team at the Apostolic Church of God. Reggie was placed on the Television Audio recording team. At the Apostolic Church of God, Reggie learned from two of the elite audio engineers in America, sound reinforcement specialist, "Ernie Greene" of Sound of Authority, and the legendary master engineer "Danny Leake" of Urban Guerilla Engineers. Mr. Miles developed a signature sound signature sound that has been heard by millions in Chicago through the weekly television broadcast of the Apostolic Church of God.  His audio recordings of the services at the Apostolic Church of God led to the favorable recognition of abilities by the selection committee at Howard University.

In August of 2003, Reggie Miles left Chicago for Washington, DC and joined the faculty at Howard University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, the department of Radio Television and Film. Immediately upon his arrival in DC he was hired by a Clear Channel Communications outlet WCAO Heaven 600 as a part-time afternoon drive Gospel radio host. At Howard University, he began teaching courses radio production, advanced radio production, and audio for the visual media. His experience as a multi-track recording engineer helped him to establish a new course at Howard University called digital multi-track production. Within his first three years at Howard University, Reggie established himself as a strong faculty member through his students winning numerous audio production awards both locally and nationally.

Mr. Miles became the faculty adviser of Howard University’s student-run campus radio station WHBC  in 2004. WHBC under the advisement of Professor Miles has received numerous college radio awards and at the same time Mr. Miles lead by example and continued on radio in Chicago creating a weekend Gospel program “Joy and Jubilation”  on radio station WVON. The program focused on the history of the Gospel Music from Chicago. His other research interests in minority media ownership led to the formation of the Howard Media Group in 2007.

As a member of the faculty at Howard University Reggie Miles established his credentials as a Master Teacher, his experience in radio and audio led to further interest in new media specifically podcasting. Mr. Miles became deeply immersed in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning using podcasting as a supplemental aid to teach his production courses. His interest expanded in  Web 2.0 applications and  led him to use the very popular social networking site "facebook" to create virtual learning communiites for his classes. Professor Miles has presented presentations at numerous conferences around the country on the subject of podcasting.  His work has been published in the BEA Feedback Journal. His work with podcasting led to the recognition by his peers at Howard University with an honorable mention in 2009 for Teaching with Technology.  Professor Miles was recently awarded the 2010 “Teaching with Technology” Award for his work and research combining the facebook social network site with podcasting. 

 

   

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