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00:00:03 - Decision to come to the University of Kentucky and first impressions

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Partial Transcript: --get this started.

Segment Synopsis: Ralph Johnson talks about growing up in New Jersey and why he enrolled at the Kentucky Military Institute. He talks about how he became involved in journalism, and talks about why he did not remain in a fraternity.

Keywords: Carnegie Library; Church; Edwards Templen; Fathers; Fraternities; Friendly; Hazing; Hometowns; Impressions; Journalism; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Kentucky Military Institute; Madison (N.J.); Military schools; Neil Plummer; Paddling; Pledges; Relationships; Whipping

Subjects: College choice; College environment; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; Greek letter societies.; Journalism, College

00:08:45 - President Frank McVey

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Partial Transcript: It was, it it was a very very friendly campus. It was a campus where you could walk in and see the president almost at any time.

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about discipline on campus, and tells a story about being sent to President McVey's office after writing a controversial article in the student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. He talks about McVey's convocations, including one during the Depression in which he asked students to accept an increase in fees in order to keep the university open.

Keywords: Accusations; Congratulations; Controversy; Convocations; Dean Sarah Blanding; Dean of Men; Dean of Women; Dormitories; Dr. Frank McVey; Fees; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Lexington (Ky.); Money; Petitions; School newspapers; Tuition

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College discipline; College environment; College presidents; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Economic conditions; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Salaries, etc.; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Admission; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance

00:16:54 - Frances Jewell McVey

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Partial Transcript: Before we turned on the tape recorder you were talking about Mrs. McVey.

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about President McVey's wife Frances Jewell McVey. He talks about the social gatherings she held at the president's house at Maxwell Place. He talks about his involvement with a club for international students.

Keywords: Cosmopolitan Club; Dr. Frank McVey; Foreign dignitaries; International students; Mary Frances Jewell McVey; Maxwell Place; Personality; Relationship with students; Teas; YMCA

Subjects: College environment; College presidents; College presidents' spouses; College presidents--Dwellings; College students--Social conditions

00:21:22 - Controversial columns written in the Kentucky Kernel

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Partial Transcript: Um, I want to go back for just a moment before we, we get into the radio part of your career here.

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about the topics of some of the controversial articles he wrote in the Kentucky Kernel. He talks about the Southern atmosphere at UK. He discusses whether students were interested in politics, and talks about social life on the campus, including bootlegging during Prohibition.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Adolph Rupp; Alumni Gym; Big bands; Bootlegging; Campus politics; Civil War; Controversy; Dances; Europe; Filipino; Fraternities; Independents; International politics; Letters to the editor; Moonshine; Newspaper articles; Philosophical; Pralltown; Prohibition; Race issues; Radio programs; Segregation; Social life; Sororities; Southern

Subjects: College environment; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Alcohol use; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Greek letter societies.; Journalism, College; Minorities in higher education

00:30:16 - Temporarily dropping out of UK

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Partial Transcript: What were your, uh, different, uh, positions with the Kentucky Kernel?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about the various positions he held on the Kentucky Kernel over the years. He talks about his reasons for dropping out of UK, including disagreements with the Psychology Department.

Keywords: Alpha Tau Omega fraternity; Angry; Arguments; Disagreements; Dropping out; Fights; Fraternities; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Problems; Psychology department; Public speaking; School newspaper; Shyness; Sports reporting; W. R. Sutherland

Subjects: College environment; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Rating of.; College teaching.; Educators; Greek letter societies.; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Department of Psychology

00:36:44 - Adolph Rupp and the UK basketball team

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Partial Transcript: What were your impressions of, uh, Adolph Rupp as a student reporter?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about how Adolph Rupp changed the way UK played basketball. He talks about several specific games and tournaments UK played in, and discusses some of the players.

Keywords: Adolph Rupp; Alumni Gym; Basketball tournaments; Fastbreaks; Football players; Madison Square Garden; Recruiting; Rules; Southern Conference Tournament; Sports editor

Subjects: College athletes; College publicity; College sports--Coaching; College sports.; Kentucky Wildcats (Basketball team)

00:45:31 - University radio broadcasting

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Partial Transcript: Why don't we sta--talk a little bit about how you first became associated with the campus radio, uh, broadcasting group?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about how he became involved with the radio broadcasting group at UK. He talks about being an announcer, Elmer "Bromo" Sulzer's role in distributing radios in rural Kentucky, the station's equipment, where the station was located, and some of the programs they broadcast.

Keywords: Accents; Announcements; Bromo Sulzer; Cafeterias; Campus radio broadcasting group; Elmer Sulzer; Faculty Club; Lawrence Brewer; McVey Hall; Music groups; Music studio; Radio equipment; Radios; Recording studio; Rural areas; Singing; Student Center; University Commons; WHAS

Subjects: College facilities.; College publicity; College radio stations; College students--Employment.; Universities and colleges--Public relations

00:53:44 - University radio staff

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Partial Transcript: Bromo Sulzer really is what made the radio station succeed, wouldn't you say so?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about some of the other people involved in the UK radio program, including Elmer "Bromo" Sulzer, WHAS staff, singing groups, and other announcers. He talks about the popularity of radio at the time.

Keywords: African American musicians; Auditions; Broadcasting stations; Bromo Sulzer; Chorus; Elmer Sulzer; Engineers; Harry Sullivan; Jack Jesse; Major Perlman; Popularity; Radio equipment; WHAS; Wesley Carter

Subjects: College environment; College facilities.; College radio stations; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Employment.; Universities and colleges--Employees

01:00:03 - Radio as an educational tool

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Partial Transcript: At, at that time, as you say, radio was just beginning and there--and people like, uh, Sulzer and others around the country saw it as a great educational tool so, uh, bringing on the professors from here on the campus onto the broadcast made a lot of sense.

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about some of the faculty who donated their time to make educational broadcasts for the UK radio station. He talks about some of the programs they produced, including both educational and music programs.

Keywords: Announcers; Attitudes; Big Blue Band; Blue and White Band; Bromo Sulzer; Dean Thomas Cooper; Donations; Dr. Frank McVey; Elmer Sulzer; Eugene Royce; Fear; Florence Imlay; Lawrence Brewer; Music programs; Volunteering

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; College publicity; College radio stations; College teachers--Workload; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Public relations; University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture

01:05:12 - Career after graduation

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Partial Transcript: Now you mentioned you went to New York for these interviews, did you eventually get into radio at all?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson describes his career after graduation. He talks about how Bud Guthrie found him a job working for the Frankfort State Journal where he became a photographer, and working for the Associate Press before coming back to UK to teach. He talks about the power of photography and how it is often misunderstood.

Keywords: A. B. Guthrie, Jr.; Associate Press; Atlanta (Ga.); Boston (Ma.); Bud Guthrie; Careers; Controversy; Credit hours; Degrees; Frankfort State Journal; Graduation; Great Depression; Jobs; Journalism; Lexington Herald Leader; Louisville Courier-Journal; Louisville Times; Mergers; Misunderstood; New York City (N.Y.); Photo editors; Photographers; Photographs; Photography; Pictures; Retirement; Rooftops; Suicide

Subjects: College teachers--Workload; College teaching.; Depressions--1929; Educators; Photojournalism.; University of Kentucky. School of Journalism

01:14:45 - Status of the School of Journalism at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Now when you came back to the university, uh, I thought I would ask you, uh, you know, what--how did you evaluate the way the School of Journalism was accepted here at the university and the contribution it was making?

Segment Synopsis: Johnson says that the UK School of Journalism lost its accreditation shortly after he returned to teach there. He talks about the low status of journalism at the university, even before his time as a student. He talks about how the school's status improved over time, and talks more about the importance of journalism. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Acceptance; Credit hours; Degrees; Diplomas; Graduation requirements; Importance; Liberal arts education; Power; Professions; Regard; Standards; Status; Virgil Couch; Vocations

Subjects: College environment; College majors; College teachers--Social conditions; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Accreditation.; Universities and colleges--Departments; University of Kentucky. College of Communications and Information Studies; University of Kentucky. School of Journalism