Class of 1974 and 1985
Chuck Bailey is a native of Amherstdale, W.Va. He is a 1970 graduate of Man High School in Logan County, W.Va., and he received his bachelor of arts degree (1974) in radio/television and his master’s of arts degree in communication/broadcasting (1985) from Marshall University. In 1993 he received his doctorate from West Virginia University through the WVU/COGS/MU Cooperative Program in Higher Education Administration with a minor in communication/broadcasting.
Bailey started teaching at Marshall University in 1985. He is the Faculty Manager of WMUL-FM and a full-time Radio-Television Production and Management professor. His expertise includes sportscasting, radio history, documentary production, media management and writing for radio/television. He led the radio station to become one of the most heralded college stations in the country. Through Bailey’s leadership, the station was named the Outstanding College Radio Station by the Marconi College Radio awards in 1993, and it has been runner-up for the National Association of College Broadcaster College Station of the Year in 1991 and 1996. WMUL was named National College Media Awards Radio Station of the Year, four-year colleges for 2016-2017, and it has been among the top contenders in subsequent years. During Bailey’s time at the station, WMUL has amassed more than 1,500 awards in state, regional and national competitions. Baily was instrumental in launching a highly successful sports talk program, Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia, simulcast from Marshall’s campus on radio and television.
Bailey’s work has earned individual recognition as well. He was elected by Marshall University’s faculty to serve on the West Virginia Advisory Council of Faculty and he served in the Faculty Senate for nine years. He has been awarded the College Media Advisers Distinguished Four-Year Broadcast Adviser Award (1995), the John Marshall Award for Extraordinary Service to West Virginia Higher Education (2000), a Significant Impact Award the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association (2000), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association (2007). In 2013, Bailey was inaugurated in the first ever class of the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, W.Va.