Roosevelt Rubin "Rick' Wright, Jr. Is a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and has been blessed with a career that has explored three areas of professional activity. The world of Academia, Professional Broadcasting, and the U.S. Military. He is a graduate of P.W. Moore High School in Elizabeth City, N.C., and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Arts Technology from The Elizabeth City State University. In the area of Graduate Studies, he received his Master of Arts Degree from North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C. in Educational Media and Commerce; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Media Management from Virginia State University, Petersburgh, Va.; and The Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Syracuse University in Instructional Technology, with an emphasis on Radio.
In the field of Academia, Dr. Wright has served as an Instructor and Associate Director of The Audiovisual Center at the Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, N.C., Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Media Center at Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, Assistant Professor of Educational Media at North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C., Adjunct Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at Howard University, and presently Professor Emeritus of Radio, Television, and Film at The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. At Syracuse University, Dr. Wright taught various courses in Mass Media and Communications for 38 years, where his specialty areas were Broadcast Performance, Management, Engineering, Production, Script Writing, and faculty Advisor for student owned and operated WJPZ-AM/FM - Z-89 Radio. Dr. Wright has also served as faculty manager for Historic WAER-FM at Syracuse University. Many of his students have become major leaders in the field of Mass Communications, and various "major markets" all over the world.
In the World of Professional Broadcasting Dr. Wright has been active serving as General Manager, Program Director, Local Sales Manager/Account Executive, and Chief Engineer at various radio stations in Elizabeth City, N.C., Norfolk, Va., Raleigh/Durham, N.C., Richmond, Va., El Paso, Texas, Washington, D.C., Trenton, N.J., and Syracuse, N.Y. Presently, he serves as Broadcast Announcer/Consultant for I HeartMedia, and Host of "Old Skool Sunday" which is heard on WHEN-AM/WSYR-FM HD2 – POWER620. He has also provided major broadcast consultancy work for communication corporations such as NBC, CBS, ABC, Rollins Broadcasting, Radio One, The New York Times, Broadcast Enterprises Network, Westwood One, Park Broadcasting, and Armed Forces Radio.
In 1966, Dr. Wright was drafted in the U.S. Army and served as a Hawk Missile Electronics Specialist, after completing an advanced course in Missile Electonics at Fort Bliss, Texas. He reached the rank of SP/5 while serving with the 32AADC in Europe. While serving in the U.S. Army European Air Defense Command, SP/5 Wright also was assigned to the U.S. Army/Air Force Motion Picture Services and AFN for TDY duty as a Motion Picture Projectionist and Radio Announcer. In 1981, after a wonderful meeting with The U.S. Navy Recruiting Command, Dr. Wright received a direct commission as a LCDR in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and served as Naval Campus Liaison Officer for the Naval Recruiting Command. In this position, now CAPT Roosevelt R. Wright, Jr. Has been assigned to various Naval Commands such as Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy Annual Great Lakes Cruise, Chief of Naval Education and Training Command, Media Consultant to the Assistant Secretary of The Navy, Chief of Naval Information, and presently Member of the Board of Directors of the National Naval Officers Association, and Historian. CAPT Wright has been named Naval Campus Liaison Officer of the Year, and has received three Naval Commendation Medals, and The Naval Achievement Medal. As a retired U.S. Naval Officer, O-6, Captain Wright continues to be most active in his service to the Country.
His research and creative interest are in the areas of African-American History in Mass Communications and Radio, Instructional Technology, Naval Sea Services History, College and University Radio Stations, Digital Electronics, and Photography. He is presently writing a book, "I Turned Up The Radio and The Life of Dr. Wright," soon to be published. He has published many articles in such publications as Ebony Magazine, Jet Magazine, All Hands, National Naval Officers Newsletter, Black Collegian, Naval Recruiter, Billboard Magazine, Broadcasting Magazine and Audiovisual Instruction. Dr. Wright was also a contributing writer to the book, "The Peacetime Draft," which told the stories of African-American Naval and Coast Guard service members in the 1950-60's.
In recent years Dr. Wright has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Annual Community Service Award from the 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Community of Social Conscious Award for his radio show "Old Skool Sunday," and Community Leadership Award from The NAACP. Dr. Wright also is a member of the AME Zion and The Episcopal Church, where he has served as a member of the Vestry.
Dr. Wright is the proud father of Roosevelt Rubin Wright III, undergraduate student, majoring in Public Relations and Public Diplomacy in the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration at Syracuse University. His son also conducts a weekly sports radio show on Sunday afternoon, called "It's Sports Showtime with Rubin Wright."
Dr. Wright, now 75 years of age, is "Proud of His Past, and Excited About His Future," as he attempts to keep God first in all of his endeavors.