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Westbrook Van Voorhis

Cornelius Westbrook Van Voorhis (September 21, 1903 - July 13, 1968) was a narrator for television programs and movies. He is perhaps best known for his work on The March of Time radio and newsreel series, where he became known as the "Voice of Doom", as well as for the catchphrase, "Time...marches on!". He narrated each episode of the 1954-1956 NBC series Justice, starring Dane Clark and Gary Merrill. He also did narration for the 1957 television series PANIC!. He was originally scheduled to be the announcer for The Twilight Zone television show. He died in his hometown, New Milford, Connecticut in 1968. His interment was at New Milford's Center Cemetery.


Donald Stanley Uglum (August 5, 1917 in Stoughton, Wisconsin – January 20, 2003 in Westlake Village, California), known professionally as Don Stanley, was an American radio and television announcer.

Stanley attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was part of the University Players. His announcing career began at the university's radio station, WHA (AM). From there, he went to WIBA-AM in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1940 joined WTMJ in Milwaukee, where he inaugurated the station's FM outlet (now WLWK-FM) as a staff announcer and news commentator. After a brief stint as an announcer with ABC in Chicago, Stanley joined NBC in Hollywood in 1946 and became part of the network's West Coast announcing staff for the next 46 years. He was part of a "core" group that included the likes of Arch Presby, Eddy King, and Frank Barton; in later years, among his colleagues would be Donald Rickles, Victor Bozeman, and Peggy Taylor.


During the "golden age" of old-time radio, Stanley's voice was heard on such shows as The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel, The NBC University Theatre, The Adventures of The Saint, The Halls of Ivy, The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show, The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, Presenting Charles Boyer, and Father Knows Best. After moving to the television side in the 1950s (and, eventually, to their later studios in Burbank, California), he handled announcing duties for such television programs as The Sheilah Graham Show, One Man's Family, The Spike Jones Show, and NBC Saturday Night at the Movies. His voice was also heard introducing NewsCenter 4 on the network's Los Angeles flagship station, KNBC. His long run with the network ended around 1992.

His tenure with NBC was on par with such New York-based network staff announcers as Don Pardo, Bill Wendell, Wayne Howell, and Howard Reig. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy and also did announcing work for the Armed Forces Radio Service.

Don Wilson (September 1, 1900 - April 25, 1982) was an American announcer

Best remembered best as the rotund announcer and comic foil to the star of The Jack Benny Program. Wilson began his radio career as a singer over Denver radio station KFEL in 1923. By 1929, he was working at KFI in Los Angeles. WIKIPEDIA Though best known for his comedy work with Benny, Wilson had a background as a sportscaster, covering the opening of the 1932 Summer Olympics. Wilson first worked with Benny on the broadcast of April 6, 1934, concurrent with a short stint as announcer on George Gershwin's series, Music by Gershwin. At 6 feet (1.83 m) and 300 pounds (140 kg), Wilson possessed a resonant voice, a deep belly laugh, and a plump figure, all of which would become important parts of his character with Benny. Though Wilson's primary function as announcer was to read the opening and the commercial pitches — notably for Jell-O, Grape-Nuts, and Lucky Strikes — his importance to the program was as both feed and foil to Jack and other cast members. A recurring goal was his effort to get the Sportsmen Quartet singing commercials approved by Benny.

Therese Schroeder-Sheker is a musician, educator, clinician, and academic

Schroeder-Sheker, using voice and harp, works as a music-thanatologist, a relatively new discipline, where the practitioner works with those who are actively dying (24–48 hours) or have received a terminal diagnosis with a life expectancy of less than six months. The goals of music-thanatology include reduction of physical as well as emotional pain, creation of a supportive environment while dying, helping the patient become more conscious of their own death process, and changing the approach to death within established structures (hospices, hospitals, etc.). Schroeder-Sheker was honored by the New York Open Center in 1997 for her "Music Thanatology". Her music has been used in documentaries and released commercially.


Announcer Frank Barton

Frank Barton was born on September 30, 1917 in Illinois, USA. He was an announcer and actor, known for The New Truth or Consequences (1950), Bob Hope Presents,  and the Chrysler Theatre (1963). Barton was announcer on radio's most popular afternoon radio 'soap opera' One Man's Family, and Four Star Playhouse a radio dramatic anthology series. The 30-minute program was broadcast on NBC beginning in July 1949 and was sustaining. Barton was the first announcer to ever deliver the opening statement of radio's DRAGNET... "The story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent." more  He died on May 31, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California, USA. He was part of a core group of West Coast announcers for the network that, in his early years, included Don Stanley, Arch Presby, Eddy King, and Donald Rickles; by the 1970s the main core announcing lineup had become Rickles, Stanley, Victor Bozeman, and Peggy Taylor.

William “Will” Lyman (born May 20, 1948) is an American voice-over artist and actor

Lyman is perhaps, best known for his polished, resonant voice, who has narrated the PBS series Frontline since its second season in 1984, and as William Tell in the action/adventure television series Crossbow.

John L. "Johnny" Gilbert III (born July 13, 1924) is an American television game show announcer

Originally a nightclub singer and entertainer, he has hosted and announced a number of game shows from various eras, dating as far back as the 1950s. He has become known primarily for his work as the announcer and audience host for the syndicated version of the quiz show Jeopardy!WIKIPEDIA

John Leonard "Johnny" Olson (May 22, 1910 – October 12, 1985) was an American radio personality and television announcer.

His work spanned 32 game shows produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman from the late 1950s through the mid-1980s. He was also the announcer of The Jackie Gleason Show from 1962 to 1970. WIKIPEDIA Olson is best known as the announcer for the Price Is Right from 1972 until his passing in 1985.

Ken Roberts (February 22, 1910 – June 19, 2009) was an American radio and television announcer known for his work during the Golden Age of Radio

His first announcing job was at WMCA in New York lasting three weeks. Next at WLTH in Brooklyn. In an interview for the book The Great American Broadcast, Roberts told Leonard Maltin that he had started at the Brooklyn station in 1930, where his responsibilities included answering phones and sweeping the floors, in addition to on-air roles playing piano and reading poetry. WIKIPEDIA

During the 1930s and 1940s, at the height of the radio era, Roberts' voice appeared widely in live programming to introduce programs, moderate game shows and do live reads for commercials. Despite his Errol Flynn-like good looks and the frequent broadcasts featuring his voice, as often as several times each day, few listeners knew who he was or would have recognized him in public. Radio credits include The Shadow (including the 1937-38 season on the Mutual Broadcasting System with a 22-year-old Orson Welles starring in the role of Lamont Cranston), the comedy Easy Aces, along with soap operas Joyce Jordan, Girl Intern and This is Nora Drake. He also announced or hosted a number of game shows, such as What's My Name? and the parody It Pays to Be Ignorant, in which he would pose questions to actors portraying contestants such as "Who came first: Henry I or Henry VIII?" that would be answered incorrectly. At various times, he performed on eponymous programs for Fred Allen, Milton Berle, Victor Borge and Sophie Tucker. In 1941, he achieved his goal of hosting his own quiz show, with Quick As a Flash on the Mutual network. Among the elements of the program, Roberts would dramatize an historic event which contestants would have to correctly identify. Other prizes were awarded for identifying the common element in three songs played by the orchestra and for solving descriptions of staged crimes.

Marvin Elliott Miller (July 18, 1913 – February 8, 1985) was an American radio, film, and voice-over actor.

Possessing a deep, baritone voice, he began his career in radio in St. Louis, Missouri, before becoming a Hollywood actor. Miller is best remembered for two of his roles—as Michael Anthony, the man who passed out a weekly check on the TV series The Millionaire, and as the voice of Robby the Robot in the film Forbidden Planet.WIKIPEDIA Born Marvin Mueller in St. Louis, Miller graduated from Washington University before commencing his career in radio. When a singer named Marvin Miller debuted on another St. Louis radio station, he began using his middle initial to distinguish himself from the newcomer. For the Mutual Broadcasting System, he narrated a daily 15-minute radio show entitled The Story Behind the Story, which offered historical vignettes. He also served as announcer on several OTR shows of the 1940s and 1950s, including The Jo Stafford Show and the long-running mystery series The Whistler. Mr. Mueller appeared as "The voice of the Past" on the May 21, 1942 broadcast of The Right to Happiness.

Harlow Wilcox (March 12, 1900 - September 24, 1960) was an American radio announcer.

Radio shows for which Wilcox was announcer included Amos 'n' Andy, The Baby Snooks Show, Ben Bernie, Fibber McGee and Molly, Frank Merriwell, Hap Hazard, Hollywood Premiere, Suspense, The Victor Borge Show Your Electric Servant, Blondie Boston Blackie and The Passing Parade. Wilcox came from a show business-oriented family, with a father who played in the Ringling Brothers' band and a sister who played violin both in vaudeville and in classical concerts. Continuing the trend, Harlow took vocal lessons and briefly performed on stage. He eventually decided to try radio and met Jim and Marian Jordan at a station in Chicago.

Joe Pyne (22 December 1924 – 23 March 1970) was an American radio and television talk show host

Joe Pyne pioneered the confrontational style in which the host advocates a viewpoint and argues with guests and audience members. He was an influence on other major talk show hosts such as Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Wally George, Alan Burke, Chris Matthews, Morton Downey, Jr., Bob Grant, and Michael Savage. Joseph Pyne was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. His father, Edward Pyne, was a bricklayer; his mother, Catherine, was a housewife. Pyne graduated from Chester High School in 1942, and immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He saw combat in the South Pacific, where he earned three battle stars. In 1943, during a Japanese bombing attack, he was wounded in the left knee. In 1955, he lost the lower part of that leg due to a rare form of cancer. WIKIPEDIA

David Susskind (December 19, 1920 – February 22, 1987) was a pioneer TV talk show host

His program, Open End, began in 1958 on WNTA-TV, the predecessor to WNET, in New York City, and was appropriately titled: the program continued until Susskind or his guests were too tired to continue. In 1961, Open End was constrained to two hours and went into national syndication. The show was retitled The David Susskind Show for its telecast on Sunday night, October 2, 1966. In the 1960s it was the first nationally broadcast television talk show to feature people speaking out against American involvement in the Vietnam War. In the 1970s it was the first nationally broadcast television talk show to feature people speaking out for gay rights. The show continued until its New York outlet cancelled it in 1986, approximately six months before Susskind died. WIKIPEDIA During his almost 30-year run as a talk show host, Susskind covered many controversial topics of the day, such as race relations, transexualism and the Vietnam War. Susskind's interview of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, which aired in October 1960, during the height of the Cold War, generated national attention. It is one of the very few talk show telecasts from that long ago that was preserved and can be viewed today

Bill Wendell (born William Joseph Wenzel, Jr.) (March 22, 1924 – April 14, 1999) was an NBC television staff announcer for almost his entire professional career.

He was a regular on the 1955-1956 version of The Ernie Kovacs Show, serving as the show's announcer, as well as a participant in sketches such as "Mr. Question Man" (a parody of The Answer Man). He also worked with Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dave Garroway and other NBC personalities. WIKIPEDIA

On October 13, 1958, Wendell succeeded Jack Barry (who was implicated in the quiz-show scandals) as emcee of Tic Tac Dough, until it was finally cancelled in October the following year and by December, had resumed his staff announcing position at NBC, forming part of a fraternity of network staff announcers who held lifetime contracts; his colleagues were Don Pardo, Wayne Howell, Fred Facey, Bill McCord, Roger Tuttle and Howard Reig.

Robert West LeMond, Jr. (April 11, 1913 – January 6, 2008) was an American radio and television announcer

LeMond was best known as the voice who announced for the television shows Leave It to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet. LeMond was also the announcer for the first radio sitcom by Lucille Ball, My Favorite Husband, as well as for the first television pilot episode of I Love Lucy. The peak of his announcing career spanned from the 1930s well into the 1960s.LeMond's other blossoming television and radio credits during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s included Leave It to Beaver, The Red Skelton Show, Red Skelton, Bat Masterson, Our Miss Brooks, My Friend Irma, Spike Jones, Edgar Bergen's Do You Trust Your Wife? and Life with Luigi. He also announced for countless television special events including the Academy Awards (for sponsor General Motors' Oldsmobile division) and the Tournament of Roses Parade. WIKIPEDIA Additionally, LeMond continued to work as a voice actor for television and radio commercials. One of his most famous commercials included a spot for Raid bug spray with Mel Blanc, the legendary voice actor and voice of Bugs Bunny. His other commercial credits included Dial Soap, Oldsmobile and Johnson's Wax, just to name a few.

Jackson Beck (July 23, 1912 – July 28, 2004) was an American actor - announcer

Jackson Beck (July 23, 1912 – July 28, 2004) was an American actor best known as the announcer on radio's The Adventures of Superman and the voice of Bluto in the Famous era Popeye theatrical shorts.WIKIPEDIA Beck had a career in radio, television, and animation dating from 1931 with Myrt and Marge, among other roles. In 1934, he was the announcer for The Adventures of Babe Ruth on the radio. In 1943, he took over as narrator of radio's The Adventures of Superman; it was Beck who intoned the familiar prologue "strange visitor from another planet..." Decades later, he portrayed Perry White, Clark Kent's boss in Filmation's The New Adventures of Superman animated series and was narrator as well. He also impersonated Joseph Stalin and other world leaders for the March of Time radio series, starred as The Cisco Kid on radio from 1942 to 1945 and sleuth Philo Vance in a syndicated series from 1948 to 1950, and served as narrator for the radio adventures of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. In 1969, Beck used his deep, dramatic, modulated voice as the narrator of Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run. Three years earlier, he dubbed the English voice of the judge listing Tuco's many crimes before sentencing him to death by hanging in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Beck was one of the players in National Lampoon's first comedy album Radio Dinner in 1972. He was prominent as well in Allen's 1987 film Radio Days, dubbing the voice of the on-the-spot newsman. Beck also co-starred in several episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.

Bud Collyer (June 18, 1908 – September 8, 1969) was an American radio actor/announcer

Clayton 'Bud' Collyer was one of America's first major television game show stars. He is best remembered for his work as host of TV's Beat The Clock and the first host of the TV game show To Tell the Truth, but he was also famous in the roles of Clark Kent and Superman on radio and in animated shorts. Among others, his radio roles on Terry and the Pirates (Pat Ryan), Renfrew of the Mounted (the title role), and Abie's Irish Rose (the title role, again), not to mention announcing for a number of radio soap operas—including The Guiding Light and The Goldbergs, which was actually a serial comedy with dramatic overtones.


Victor Mills "Vic" Roby, Jr. (November 9, 1917 – September 22, 2011) was a radio and television announcer, voice-over artist and public affairs show host, and served for years as a staff announcer with NBC.

Born in Tylertown, Mississippi, Roby was an alumnus of Millsaps College ('38) where he had been an Alpha Iota brother. He entered the broadcasting business in 1943, working as a newsreader and announcer at KOA (AM) in Denver, Colorado.
After a brief stint with the Mutual Broadcasting System where he announced on the 1950 version of The Rudy Vallee Show, Roby joined the announcing staff of NBC in New York City in 1950.


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Howard Reig (May 31, 1921 – November 10, 2008) was an American radio and television announcer.

Reig was born on May 31, 1921 in New York City. He was a staff announcer for General Electric's Schenectady, New York stations WGY (AM), WGFM (now WRVE) and WRGB starting in 1943, and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) from 1952 to 2005. He is most well known for being the voice of NBC Nightly News. Until the late 1970s, he also handled announcing duties for the local newscasts of the network's New York City flagship station, WNBC-TV. WIKIPEDIA Although he retired from NBC on March 25, 2005, he was still heard on Nightly News until December 14, 2007

Harry von Zell (July 11, 1906 – November 21, 1981), announcer of radio programs and an actor in films and television shows.

As a young announcer, von Zell made a memorable verbal slip in 1931 when he referred to U.S. President Herbert Hoover as "Hoobert Heever" during a live tribute on Hoover's birthday. Hoover was not present at this tribute. Von Zell's blooper came at the end of a lengthy coverage of Hoover's career in which he had correctly pronounced the President's name several times. Some mistakenly believe Hoover was present when the incident happened because of a re-enactment fabricated by Kermit Schaefer for his Pardon My Blooper record album. The exposure he received from the Columbia comedies he appeared in as an actor led to his being hired for The Burns and Allen Show. Von Zell replaced the radio version's announcer, Bill Goodwin, in September 1951. Appearing under his own name (as Goodwin did), von Zell played the befuddled friend of the Burns family and the show-within-a-show's announcer. Prior to this, von Zell's first major television exposure was as announcer and spokesman for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer on Jackie Gleason's The Life of Riley in early 1950. He also appeared on McHale's Navy as Admiral Parker in one episode.


John Reed King (October 25, 1914, Wilmington, Delaware – July 8, 1979, Woodstown, New Jersey)

King was a famous radio and television game show host who hosted numerous game shows during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. He was married to Jean Abbot King and had three children, Joanne King, Julianne King, and John Reed King Jr.WIKIPEDIA He worked at KDKA radio and television in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1960s. He was a morning news anchor for the radio station, and hosted a daily talk show on television. In 1970, he was a news anchor at KGO-TV, the ABC owned-and-operated television station in San Francisco, California.

Arthur Gary, NBC announcer

Arthur James Gary (January 28, 1914 in New York City – October 31, 2005 in New York) was an American radio and television announcer. A graduate of New York University, Gary's announcing career spanned from 1936 to 1984. From the 1940s until his retirement, he was part of a core group of East Coast announcers for NBC which included the likes of Don Pardo, Bill Wendell, Vic Roby, Mel Brandt, Jerry Damon, Dick Dudley, Howard Reig, and Wayne Howell. WIKIPEDIA Gary was one of the main announcers for the long-running radio program, The Eternal Light. His other radio announcing credits included Dimension X, The Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel, and Author Meets the Critics. He also announced for various NBC television programs over the years, and handled program introductions and closes, station identifications, promos, bumpers, teasers, taglines, public service announcements, sign-ons and sign-offs for both the network and its New York owned-and-operated station, WNBC-TV. Gary died from leukemia at age 91.

Kenneth Lee Carpenter (August 21, 1900 – October 16, 1984) was a longtime TV and radio announcer,

Carpenter was best known for being the announcer for singer and actor Bing Crosby for 27 years. Born in Avon, Illinois, Carpenter was the son of Barlow Carpenter, a Universalist minister, and Clara Carpenter (1874 – 1971). He graduated from Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1921, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Lombard College also is where Carpenter met his future lifelong wife, Betty. Carpenter moved to Hollywood in 1929, one year after resolving to move there after listening to radio legend Graham McNamee call the Rose Bowl. Not long afterward, he became a staff announcer for KFI radio. As part of that job, Carpenter announced USC and UCLA football games for the Pacific Coast and the NBC radio networks from 1932 until 1935. In 1935, Carpenter announced the Rose Bowl for NBC radio. Carpenter became the color man for Bill Stern for all NBC-originated radio programming from Los Angeles from 1938 until 1942, which included the Rose Bowl. "Those Rose Bowl games were a big break for me, as they made me known to clients and advertising agencies in the East, so I had a jump on other local men when the big commercial shows started originating in L.A. in the mid-1930s,"WIKIPEDIA

Bill Baldwin

Network announcer who was one of only 16 radio war correspondents to cover World War II in the 1940s. He was born in 1913 and was 63 at the time of our conversation in the Clubroom of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters in Hollywood, California. His career included stints working with Edgar Bergen, Ma.


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