The Life & Times of Steve Hannagan

Learn about Steve Hannagan, ‘The man who refined product placement to an art and who worked closely with many of the leading movie studios, Broadway shows, and radio programs of his era.’ He was also one of the founders of modern public relations, the blog will describe his many publicity campaigns and his contributions to marketing and publicity campaigns.

The Steve Hannagan Biography will be coming very soon to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  It will have everything about Hannagan’s life, his press campaigns, and the principles of the ‘Hannagan Way. If you want to know when you can order the book, just drop a line to mtown@dca.net.  We will put you on the book list to receive an early notice.

Introduction

Steve Hannagan’s Blog will tell the story of a peer without peers among press agents in the first half of the twentieth century. Hannagan was a highly-successful pioneer of public relations who built ground-breaking publicity campaigns for…

Steve Hannagan: News Editor Part 1

Steve Hannagan, the Newsboy Steve Hannagan first ventured into the news business in high school as a newspaper delivery boy. However, when the sun set on his first day, he dropped his papers, and ran home. Before long he returned to selling…

Steve Hannagan: News Editor Part 2

Boy Editor Charms Society Editor Dorothy (Dot) Rice, the Society Editor at the Journal & Courier, worked the night shift with Steve. Dot joined the newspaper’s night gang on their Monday excursions to the Vaudeville Theater, where Steve…

Steve Hannagan's Family Part 1

Steve Hannagan’s Birth Steve Hannagan’s family and his Irish-American neighborhood played a significant role in preparing Steve to become a master publicist. Steve Hannagan was born on April 4, 1899, on Green Street, one block off…

Steve Hannagan's Family Part 2

Steve's Father and Mother An earlier issue described the neighborhood, where Steve Hannagan was reared. Now, we turn to Hannagan’s parents and the influence they had on his life. Johanna Hannagan, Aunt Jo to her friends, nieces and nephews,…

Steve Leaves Bloody Plank Road

This issue talks about Steve Hannagan’s move to Indianapolis and how Dot Rice, his Lafayette girlfriend, facilitated the move. Steve Hannagan was born on Bloody Plank Road in Lafayette, Indiana in the Irish Ghetto. As a young lad in high school,…