Entity | Raymond D. Hurlbert

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Public broadcasting executive. President, general manager & co-founder, Alabama Educational Television Commission; founder, Alabama Public Television Network; president, National Association of Educational Television.

From the description of Raymond D. Hurlbert papers, 1953-1975. (University of Maryland Libraries). WorldCat record id: 31499335

Raymond D. Hurlbert was born on March 21, 1902 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Ernest Sanford and Alice Lillian Jenkins Hurlbert. His parents moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1906. He received his B.A. from Birmingham Southern College in 1924. Upon graduation, Hurlbert took a position as a high school teacher in Birmingham. Meanwhile, he returned to Birmingham Southern College to study for a masters degree, completing his studies in 1936.

Prior to his association with public television, Hurlbert was elementary school principal in the Birmingham City School System from 1930 to 1955, and was Chairman of its Public Relations Committee. Meanwhile, he served as first President in 1948 and then Trustee in 1949 of the Alabama Educational Association. In addition, he was elected President of both the Birmingham Teachers Association and the Alabama Elementary Principals' Association.

Hurlbert's career in public broadcasting began in the early fifties when he set up the first state noncommercial television network, the Alabama Public Television Network. He also helped to establish the Alabama Educational Television Commission and was its first President from 1953 to 1955, when he became its first and only General Manager in 1955, retiring from his principal job in Birmingham. After twenty years in Alabama educational television, Hurlbert retired in March of 1973 to work as a consultant for R.P.I. Consultant Services.

Hurlbert also participated nationally in educational and public broadcasting. He served as the chairman of the Board of the ETV Division of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters from 1962 to 1963 . He was also a member of the National Association of Educational Television (NAET), becoming its president in 1968 .

Raymond Hurlbert played an important role in the national scene as well as in Alabama. President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized him for his significant role in the establishment and funding of National Educational Television . Furthermore, his frequent testimony before Congressional committees on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 was influential in swaying political support for the measure. Finally, for his work as the "father of Alabama ETV," Hurlbert was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Communications Hall of Fame in 2009.

Raymond D. Hurlbert died in 1996.

From the guide to the Raymond D. Hurlbert Papers, 1953-1973, 1953-1973, (Mass Media and Culture)

Born: 1902, Pittsburgh
Died: 1996

Alternate Names: Hurlbert, Raymond D., 1902-1996
Occupation(s): broadcaster, Principals, Teachers, Broadcasters
Field(s) of Work: public broadcasting
Employer(s): Birmingham City Schools
Associated Place(s): United States, Birmingham