Title: Retired Sports Television Consultant
Location: North Pole, Florida, United States
Wallace Harry Hill, Retired Sports Television Consultant at a Private Practice, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sports television.
Upon receiving a scholarship to play football at the University of Illinois, Mr. Hill’s plans were changed when he was drafted to serve with the United States Army beginning in 1954. While at basic training with the paratroopers, Mr. Hill suffered a broken ankle and leg in a parachuting accident, which ultimately ended his potential football career. However, this setback did not stop Mr. Hill from further pursuing a career related to his love of sports. He was then sent to Germany, where he talked his way into the Armed Force’s Network, and finally returned to the United States in the late 1950s. In 1960, Mr. Hill graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in communications, specializing in radio, television, and theater, while also working full time at WMAL-TV. It was a time when television was still in black and white.
Following his graduation, Mr. Hill headed north to New York City. There, he landed his first job with NBC. Working his way from the mailroom to operations to the production department, Mr. Hill garnered a laudable reputation for himself and chose to leave the network in 1964. In his next role, Mr. Hill joined the team of a four-hour television documentary on Africa and spent the subsequent six months traveling through East and Central Africa, which he remembers as the highlight of his career. The show aired in 1965 with Gregory Peck as its narrator. For the next 10 years, Mr. Hill worked a myriad of jobs, including production manager on a feature film about Ravi Shankar, an associate producer on a documentary series, an associate producer on a pilot for NBC, an executive producer on recruiting films for the Army, and general manager of an animation company. In 1976, he rejoined NBC and spent 16 years working as a production manager, notably covering two Olympic Games, three Breeder’s Cups, three Players Championships, and many shows on all major sports.
In the later years of his career, Mr. Hill reinvented himself as a television sports consultant with two clients, the NBA and the NHL. He is a former member of the NBA Broadcast Advisory Board and has additionally produced the films, “Skills That Last a Lifetime” and “In Search of Spring,” both being Silver Award winners. He thanks his mentor, Frank McGhee, for his constant motivation and inspiration throughout the full duration of his career. Mr. Hill is now retired and spends his winters in Florida and his summers in upstate New York. To attest to Mr. Hill’s legacy, he can be found in the 31st edition of Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, the 53rd through 59th editions of Who’s Who in America, the first edition of Who’s Who in the Media and Communication, and the 16th and 18th editions of Who’s Who in the World.
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