Gary Reid is a University Distinguished Senior Specialist in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He is also an Associate Director of the Quello Center for Management and Law.
After an early career as a professional musician, Reid joined the faculty upon completion of his graduate studies in 1977. Over the past 36 years he has taught in a variety of areas including all of the audio/radio courses, video production classes, telecommunication technology and media management courses. Further, he was responsible for the design and installation of the departments’ extensive audio and video production facilities.
In the radio area, Reid has built WDBM into one of the most successful college radio stations in the country. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and BMI have named WDBM-FM “College Station of the Year” for the past eleven years.
Academically, Reid spent eight years as the Director of Undergraduate Studies where he oversaw the academic programs of approximately 800 majors. He directed and administered the Careers and Internships Program for twenty-five years. Reid was one of the original three people promoted to the rank of Senior Academic Specialist when the Michigan State University created the position. He was further honored in 1999 as the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Academic Specialist Award.
Reid has produced over 100 musical albums, several nationally distributed radio series, and numerous television, film and video productions. He has received awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, American Women in Radio and Television and the MAB just to name a few. He serves as a media expert witness in state and federal court cases.
In 2005 Reid was named Associate Director of the Quello Center for Management and Law, named in honor of former WJR-AM station manager and FCC Commissioner Jim Quello. In May of 2007 he received the inaugural Faculty Impact Award for his dedication to teaching from the Communication Arts & Sciences Alumni Association.
Beginning in July of 2005 Reid produced the weekly radio address of Governor Jennifer Granholm. This address was offered via broadcast stations and podcasts. Upon completion of the 280th radio address, the last of her term, Governor Granholm presented Reid with an engraved honorary Seal of the State of Michigan in recognition of his efforts.
In 2009 Reid received a commendation in the Congressional Record from Congressman Mike Rogers MI-08 and certificate of tribute from Governor Granholm and Lt. Governor Cherry in 2010.
Reid is a past Chairman and foundling member of Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Board. In July of 2007, he was inducted into the Michigan Broadcast Hall of Fame. And in June of 2011, he received their Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest honor bestowed by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The 22 nd person to be so honored, Reid joins the ranks of distinguished broadcasters such as Jim Quello, Earnie Harwell, J.P. McCarthy to name but a few.
In the area of philanthropy, he has two endowed scholarships in his name. He is a charter member of the MAB Founders Club, which offers the Gary A. Reid Scholarship annually to a deserving student at Michigan State, and the creator of the Reid Endowment for Professional Development, at Michigan State University.
In 2011 Reid was named Director of Broadcasting for Michigan State University with administrative responsibility for WKAR-AM/FM/TV, the University’s NPR and PBS affiliate stations. WKAR-TV was named Public Station of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.