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2005 CAWELTI AWARD WINNER, MAURY CAGLE
(From Radio Recall, February 2006)
Editor's note: Maury Cagle won the Cawelti Award for 2005, based upon popular vote of the membership. We thought our readers would be interested in learning about his background.
Maury Cagle has been a fan of radio since he was about three, when, seated before the family console model, he shushed his father and said, "Quiet! Santa Claus is on!" Born in 1934, he was lucky to have enjoyed the great shows of the Golden Age, and entertained his family putting on his own "broadcasts.” He appeared in many stage productions in high school.
In his formative years, his family lived in what had been the coachman's quarters on Tom Howard’s estate in Rumson, NJ, where they became fast friends with the star of "It Pays To Be Ignorant." Later, at Rutgers University, Maury worked at his college radio station, WRSU, on a weekly jazz program, and later, AM-FM station WCTC.
After three years on Navy active duty in the Pacific, Maury and his new wife went to Europe, where his father was a civilian with the Army Signal Corps. In Germany,Maury was hired by the American Forces Network, headquartered in a 14th century castle near Frankfurt. He worked there for seven years, the last two years as News Director.
In 1966, Maury and his family, now including three sons, moved to Washington, DC where he worked for the ABC News Bureau in radio and TV, television as a field producer, working with Howard K. Smith and Peter Jennings.
Tired of network internal politics, Maury left ABC in 1971 to join the U.S. Census Bureau, where he remained until retiring in 2001. In his last two years, he headed the media operations for the 2000 census, establishing professional level broadcast studios there. He continues to produce and voice a daily, 60-second radio feature program for the Census Bureau, called "Profile America," heard throughout the country.
Maury admits he has too many hobbies. In addition to OTR, he maintains collections of Big Little Books, comic books, early science fiction, jazz
recordings, and books on early aviation and WW II. His wife Alied joins him in outings in either of their two antique Studebakers, a 1929 sedan and a 1941 coupe. They are also avid gardeners, and have installed a backyard garden pond.
He is father of three sons, and stepfather of four sons. Among them, there are six grandchildren. Maury and Alied live in Herndon, VA.