Oral Histories

Interview of Hale Sparks

Head of broadcasting for the University of California.
The University Explorer
Biographical Note:
Head of broadcasting for the University of California.
Mink, James V.
Sparks, Hale
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood in Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri; move to Los Angeles, 1925; student life at University of California, Southern Branch, and at new Westwood campus, 1925-30; work with Buildings and Grounds during UCLA move to Westwood, 1929; inauguration of UC Radio Service; first UCLA broadcast from Royce Hall tower, 1931; first series broadcast, "Master Storyteller"; head of programming, Berkeley, 1932; beginning of "University Explorer" programs, 1933; broadcasts of "Explorer" programs on network radio; World War II service in Office of War Information; supervising production of Japanese-language broadcasts; "Explorer" move to Los Angeles, 1947; initiation of "Science Editor" program, 1948; relations between Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses during 1930s; reminiscences of Office of War Information; Japanese aides and internment; "One Man's View of the News"; navy enlistment.