Harold Lee Rush

In 1982, Harold’s radio career began on Chicago’s WGCI radio as the producer and co-host of the powerhouse morning show, first with Bob Wall (as the only Black-White morning duo in a major market), then with Doug Banks, where Rush created the “Front Page” segment, which has been copied in morning shows across the country. Rush hosted broadcasts all over the U.S. and around the world, including London, Senegal, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, becoming one of the most well-known media personalities in Chicago, adjunct teaching at Columbia College Chicago and speaking at high schools, universities and organizations throughout the Midwest. In addition to program hosting and producing at WGCI AM/FM, Rush also hosted two television series’ at CAN-TV.

The creative genius and performance energy of Harold Lee Rush has been recognized and celebrated for over four decades. In 1969, he toured nationally with the Robin Hood Players Professional Theatre and appeared in the first Black-produced dramatic TV series in the U.S., “Bird of the Iron Feather” on Chicago’s Public Television Station WTTW.

Rush’ community service has been recognized and honored by many organizations including Oustanding Young Men of America (1983 and 1986), UNCF Distinguished Leader Award (1987), Malcolm X College (Honorary Degree 1984), Chicago Board of Education and The Chicago Police Department “We Care” Role Model Program (1987-1990) and the Monarch Award from Xi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (1987).

After ten years in Atlanta, Harold returned to Chicago in 2003 to take up marketing responsibilities for The Bronzeville Press’ release of ‘KINGS: The True Story of Chicago’s Policy Kings and Numbers Racketeers’, with publisher Nathan Thompson. 
2005 brought Rush to WKKC FM, the official radio station of the City Colleges of Chicago as an On-Air “Legend” and Instructor in the Media Communications programs.


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