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Jack Heather Papers

Identifier: FC 007
The collection contain notes and journals on TV Techniques Workshops attended by Jack Heather. In addition, there are letters of Commendation praising Jack Heather. There are also memos and tests from when Jack Heather taught at Fort Hays State University.


  • 1969-1972


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Jack Heather taught radio broadcasting and communications at Fort Hays State College from 1950 to 1998. His papers include notes, memos, letters and tests related to Heather’s career at Fort Hays State University.

Biographical / Historical

Jack Heather was born December 23, 1924 in Lordsburg, New Mexico. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Master’s degree in radio and television from the University of Denver. He was hired at Fort Hays State College in 1950 to expand the radio curriculum and bring proper experience and training in the broadcasting industry to the University. In 1956, the department added courses in television production. In 1960, the college began to present television programs over KAYS-TV in Hays. The students and professor had to use KAYS’ equipment, in order to learn and produce television programs, and they had to do this while KAYS was off air. This would mean that they would have to come in at 1 a.m. during the week and then from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sundays. Under Heather, FHSU also had a radio station, and 18 credit hours were offered in radio and television programming. The radio station ended in February, 1962 and closed circuit television was added in 1969. In 1977, Jack Heather was still the only instructor in this department. The building was named Heather Hall in 1986 to honor him. Jack Heather retired in 1988 and died August 26, 2011. The building named Heather Hall had its name changed in 2013 to the Center for Media Studies. In honor of all the work that Jack Heather did, they named a new residence hall after him, Heather Hall which is part of the two-building Tiger Place complex.


Materials have been arranged cronologically
revised by David Obermayer
2016; 2018
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Part of the Fort Hays State University Archives Repository

University Archives
Forsyth Library
502 South Campus Drive
Hays KS 67601 United States