Jack Leroy Cooper

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Jack Leroy Cooper was born in Memphis, Tennessee back in 1888 to William and Lavina. He left home when he was ten moving to Cincinnati, Ohio where his was a successful boxer in his teens and a semi-professional baseball player. By 1905, he was working in vaudeville on the Theater Owners Booking Association.

His role was as a circuit singer and dancer which soon he was running his own touring troupe with his wife. I don’t have a time frame but he began writing for newspapers in Memphis and Indianapolis. He moved to Chicago in the 1920’s where he wrote theater reviews for the Chicago Defender. He retired in 1959 and died in Chicago in 1970, he was 81.

What you may not know about Jack is that he was the first African-American radio disc jockey. He started in 1926 again retiring in 1959. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another one who led the way for African -Americans in the entertainment profession.... nice shout out for him...

Jul 27, 2019 03:22 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Great example of someone who braved a territory early in history and made their mark.

Jul 27, 2019 04:17 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Those were the days, riding around with the top down and listening to the DJ's do their thing!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 27, 2019 05:08 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Multi-talented and did not let it go to waste. Kudos to Jack. Enjoy your day 

Jul 27, 2019 05:22 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Another new person to learn about today, James. They just don't make DJ's like they used to! 

Jul 27, 2019 05:49 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - he seemed to be in sync with music and life.  Good job.  

Jul 27, 2019 06:07 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that is great information.  I would like to visit the Radio Hall of Fame.

Jul 27, 2019 06:10 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Thank you again for introducing me to someone I did not realize existed until this morning, James Dray 

Jul 27, 2019 06:44 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea about this gentleman making it into the Radio Hall of Fame.  What an accomplishment.  A

Jul 27, 2019 06:54 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, this wouldn't be wolfman Jack, would it?  It sounds like he was talented in many areas.

Jul 27, 2019 06:59 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James Dray, You did a good job with another great blog.  Hope you have a great day!


Jul 27, 2019 10:27 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Jack was a person who grabbed the bull by the horns and made a name for himself. Kudos!

Jul 27, 2019 10:51 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- We all owe a lot to the many men and women who were the "firsts" in what they did. 

Jul 27, 2019 01:35 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for sharing another story about someone who had ideas and dreams and made them come true.  Great examples for us.

Jul 27, 2019 09:39 PM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What an interesting life of sports, acting, singing and radio announcer!

Aug 01, 2019 06:28 AM #15
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