He actually started his radio career at the age of five when he had no idea he possessed a beautiful radio voice. Edward S. Dumit was 84 when he died June 20, 2014, but his voice is still heard identifying Tulsa radio stations KWGS and Classical 88.7.
Generations of students learned the art of broadcasting and proper diction under his tutelage at The University of Tulsa. Dumit, Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication, served TU for 38 years as a teacher of broadcasting courses and as manager, program director, and arts producer of public radio station KWGS. For 39 years he served as University of Tulsa’s commencement announcer, during which time he prepared pronunciations of approximately 30,000 graduates’ names.
Following retirement in 1993, Dumit continued until 2001 as producer and host of public radio broadcasts of concerts at the OK Mozart International Festival and Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He presented preview lectures for every major Tulsa Opera production from 1970 to 1995 and hosted the preview feature preceding each Tulsa Philharmonic Masterworks concert from 1992 to 2001.
Among Dumit’s awards are the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Governor’s Arts Award (1993), the Harwelden Kathleen P. Westby Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts (1990), and Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award (1998). He was TU’s Mr. Homecoming 1986 and has been inducted into Tulsa Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was named by the Tulsa Press Club as a Tulsa Radio Icon and in 2008 he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Communication Hall of Fame. Dumit was also initiated as an alumnus member into TU’s Beta of Oklahoma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2012.
Interview with Ed Dumit
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: September 29, 2011
Date Published: August 5, 2014
Photo Credit: Photos on the home page of Ed Dumit; photos 1 (Ed portrait, touching glasses), 9 (Ed with records), 11 (Ed portrait, cupping ear) courtesy of Michael Bruchas. © Michael Bruchas.
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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