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David Fabilli

Professor of Broadcasting

David Fabilli

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Education

  • M.A., American Cultural Studies, Youngstown State University
  • B.A., Journalism, Duquesne University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Broadcasting
  • Radio Production
  • Radio Station Practices
  • Radio/TV Announcing
  • Broadcast Programming & Formatting
  • Radio/TV Copy Writing
  • Effective Speech

Background

David J. Fabilli, professor of broadcasting, has been on Point Park's Journalism & Communications faculty since the 1980s. Known professionally as David Jaye, he's also been a familiar voice on Pittsburgh radio since the 1970s, having worked on a number of area radio stations, including WDUQ, WJJJ, 3WS, WJAS, WYJZ, WDSY and WWCS.

He has been an active Grammy-voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. His liner notes have appeared on more than a dozen nationally released jazz albums, five of which reached the Top 20 and two of which became No. 1 albums.

Each year, Fabilli accompanies a group of his radio students to New York City for the annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System College Radio Conference. He has also traveled extensively attending international jazz festivals and conferences in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Antonio and Toronto.

With a laid-back and easy-going personality, his passion for excellence and fun in radio, music, Italian food and coaching motivated broadcast students is what spark him to life.

Advising

  • Faculty director of WPPJ AM-670, the student radio station

Professional Affiliations

  • American Federation of Television & Radio Artists
  • International Association for Jazz Education
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Paley Center for Media
  • Jazz Education Network

Selected Artistic Works

  • Jazzin' Around, Producer/host, a weekly two-hour jazz magazine show on WURP/1550am
  • Jazzin' Around, Columnist, suburban McKeesport Daily News
  • The Soulful Mr. Newman: The Best of David 'Fathead' Newman, Researcher/producer/wrote liner notes, 2005
  • Scorched, Seared & Smokin': The Best of The Mighty Burner, Researcher/producer/wrote liner notes, 2011

Selected Professional Activities

  • "Jazz Radio Programming," Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference for College Radio, chaired panel session, New York City, 2011.
  • "Broadcast Careers," Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference for College Radio, chaired panel session, New York City, 2011.
  • Served as member of Conclave Scholarship Committee, The Radio Learning Conference, Minneapolis, Minn., 2010.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • The Soulful Mr. Newman: The Best of David 'Fathead' Newman, JazzWeek's Album of the Year, 2005
  • The Jazz Place radio program, Pittsburgh Achievement in Radio Award, 1996
  • Outstanding Contribution to Jazz Award, 1986

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