We’re getting technical with today’s Media Monday.
Jack Miller, a longtime broadcasting veteran who spent his career making people sound good, will be inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame on Oct. 17. Tickets are available from the ABA.
That makes him a two-time hall-of-famer, as he was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2005.
Jack, time to share:
Since the age of seven I always wanted to be an audio recording engineer. I'm so lucky, I did just that all my life.
In the late 1950s, I got a job at Ramsey's recording studio. The things we were recording got international recognition with Duane Eddy, Waylon Jennings and Wayne Newton.
While at Ramsey's I started to get advertising agencies interested in getting their radio and television audio studio-produced. As a result, from the late 1950s through the mid-1980s I was recording most of the commercials produced in Arizona.
In the early 1960s I moved to Los Angeles and went to work for RCA, and worked with: The Monkees, The Animals, Herman and the Hermits, Sammy Davis, Jr., Glen Yarborough, The Rolling Stones, Andy Williams, Joshua Heifitz and Henry Mancini.
In the late 1960s, I was the audio engineer on a Christmas program that aired in stereo on KOOL-TV and a local radio station. It was the first stereo TV broadcast in Arizona. In 1980, I opened Jack Miller Productions. The studios were designed for radio and television audio, but too small for music production. In 1995 JMP moved to the KTVK-TV building and continued recording radio and TV sound tracks but started to do music as well, which is my first love.
In 2001 JMP moved to Canyon Records where I was recording mostly Native American music like R. Carlos Nakai, Pow Wow and most importantly, tribal heritage. I was awarded a Grammy for engineering Canyon Records' "Bless the People" which was best Native American Music Album. I've received two Gold Records (500,000 units sold U.S.) for the Canyon Records' albums Earth Spirit and Canyon Trilogy. The latter has sold over 1 million units worldwide and will be certified Platinum (1 million units sold U.S.) in 2014.
I retired in 2012 but still record the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival every November, this year scheduled for the 7th through the 10th.