Ira J. Fistell

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Title: Newspaper Editor, Adult Education Educator, Newswriter, Radio and Television Personality, Lecturer, and Writer
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ira Fistell, Newspaper Editor, Adult Education Educator, Newswriter, Radio and Television Personality, Lecturer and Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

Mr. Fistell grew up fascinated by the radio industry and as a child enjoyed pretending to be on the radio. Coupled with his affinity for reading, he found that in college he could combine his interests and hone them in the field of broadcasting. After earning an AB from the University of Chicago with honors in 1962, he earned a JD from the institution in 1964. Mr. Fistell continued his journey with learning by earning a Master of Arts in the United States and American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. Though he earned a law degree, his true passion aligned with broadcast, and in 1968, Mr. Fistell joined Station WKOW-AM in Madison, Wisconsin as a radio personality. He went on to be an on-air radio personality at WEMP-AM in Madison from 1971 to 1977 and then KABC in Los Angeles from 1977 to 1995 and again from 2001 to 2006.

In addition to these roles, Mr. Fistell was a national radio personality with the TalkAmerica Radio Network from 1998 to 2001 and an editor for the LA Jewish News from 1995 to 1996. From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Fistell contributed his skills and expertise as a television personality to the USA and ESPN cable networks. Since 1998, he has served as a faculty member at the University of Pheonix and as an English instructor for Concord Prep High School. In 1987, Mr. Fistell received a Golden Spike Award for Service to Rail Passengers from NARRP. He has also been a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Milwaukee Press Club. On top of a career in the broadcast industry that nearly spanned four decades, Mr. Fistell has proven himself as an accomplished author, publishing “The Hidden Holmes: A Sherlock Holmes Companion” in 2020, “Encounters with Mark Twain” in 1995, and “Oddball America” in 1996 among many other works.

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