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George Wallace

George Wallace was born on September 25, 1925 in Long Beach, California to Thomas Jay Wallace and Angela M. Phillips Wallace. He graduated from New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois in 1943. He attended the University of South Carolina in the U.S. Navy College Program and received his Navy Commission at the Notre Dame University Midshipman School as Ensign, USNR in 1945. He completed an overseas assignment as Executive Officer on a District Minesweeper in the South Pacific. His passion for athletics and his talent for the game of basketball earned him an athletic scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1949. He met his wife, Lois Tiller, while attending the University of Idaho. They married on December 21, 1947. In 1952, he moved his family to Tucson to join KTKT Radio as an early morning DJ and radio time salesman. The position sparked a successful and fulfilling 33-year career in radio and television broadcasting, during which he served as station manager for KTKT and KCUB Radio. In 1962, he joined KGUN TV as local sales manager, and later became General Manager. His leadership afforded him the opportunity to serve on the National ABC Affiliate Board for a number of years. From 1978-1983, he was responsible for fundraising to support the University of Arizona athletic programs. Prior to his retirement in 1990, he served as Sales Manager at KAIR/KJOY Radio and a national sales consultant for KIIM/KCUB Radio. His significant contributions to the broadcast industry were recognized by the Tucson Ad Club where he received the Silver Medal Award in 1987. In 2003, he was honored by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as a member of the Silver Circle Society. During his career, he served as President of the Tucson Ad Club, the Tucson YMCA, and the Tucson Conquistadores. George passed away peacefully at the age of 80 in 2006, after a brief battle with brain cancer.

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