Elmo Israel Ellis (1918-2005), author, retired executive and broadcast journalist, was born on November 11, 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama to Samuel B. and Bertha F. Seletz Israel. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in journalism and then obtained his master degree in journalism from Emory University.
He began his career in radio as director of public relations at WSB in Atlanta in 1940. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Force where he worked as a writer and producer for radio programs. After the war, he worked as a writer and producer of various radio shows in New York.
In 1948, he returned to Atlanta and became production manager for the fledgling WSB-TV. But in 1952, he returned to radio to help revive WSB. By 1964, he was promoted to General Manager of WSB-AM and WSB-FM, a position he held until his retirement in 1982.
During retirement, he wrote books and a newspaper column. He died on June 24, 2005 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery. [courtesy Emory University]