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Earle Graser (1909 - April 8, 1941) was an American radio actor at radio station WXYZ, Detroit, Michigan.

On radio, the Lone Ranger was played by several actors, including John L. Barrett who played the role on the test broadcasts on WEBR during early January, 1933; George Seaton (under the name George Stenius) from January 31 to May 9 of 1933; series director James Jewell and an actor known only by the pseudonym "Jack Deeds" (for one episode each), and then by Earle Graser from May 16, 1933, until April 7, 1941. On April 8, Graser died in a car accident, and for five episodes, as the result of being critically wounded, the Lone Ranger was unable to speak beyond a whisper, with Tonto carrying the action. Finally, on the broadcast of April 18, 1941, deep-voiced performer Brace Beemer, who had been the show's announcer for several years, took over the role and played the part until the end. On January 30, 1933, The Lone Ranger debuted on the Detroit, Michigan, radio station WXYZ, introducing America to the legendary masked rider. Read more at Indian Contry Earle Graser, was one of the most famous voices in America. The Saturday Evening Post in October of that year reported that 20 million people listened to the show every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as it echoed from 140 stations. The Post called the ranger an idol and “the hero from whom all other heroes take fresh luster.” Grade-school teachers were looking over the novelized form of the episodes and celebrities from Shirley Temple to Eleanor Roosevelt were calling it their favorite show. Graser was born in Kitchener, Ontario. He was a child when his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. Graser graduated from a Detroit high school and attended Wayne University (now Wayne State University) in Detroit, where he earned an A.B. in oratory, drama, and interpretive reading. He also studied law for two years, earning an LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws). While working at WXYZ, he continued taking graduate classes and earned a M.A. in speech. During high school he worked part-time as a drugstore soda jerk and delivered groceries. Earle had always wanted a nickname, but never had one until he asked his friends to call him "Barney". He got the name from a horse that pulled the grocery wagon.WIKIPEDIA

George Stenius aka George Seaton (April 17, 1911 – July 28, 1979) was an American radio actor, screenwriter, playwright, film director and producer, and theatre director.

Actor George Seaton (later writer / director of films such as MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET) was the first to voice "that masked man" on radio. On radio, the Lone Ranger was played by several actors, George Seaton (under the name George Stenius) from January 31 to May 9 of 1933.

 Born George Stenius in South Bend, Indiana, of Swedish descent, baptized as Roman Catholic, and grew up in a Detroit Jewish neighborhood and described himself as a "Shabas goy". So he went on to learn Hebrew in an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva and was even bar mitzvahed. Seaton moved to Detroit after graduating from college to work as an actor on radio station WXYZ. John L. Barrett played The Lone Ranger on test broadcasts of the series in early January 1933, but when the program became part of the regular schedule Seaton was cast in the title role. In later years he claimed to have devised the cry "Hi-yo, Silver" because he couldn't whistle for his horse as the script required.

 Seaton joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a contract writer in 1933. His first major screen credit was the Marx Brothers comedy A Day at the Races in 1937. In the early 1940s he joined 20th Century Fox, where he remained for the rest of the decade, writing scripts for Moon Over Miami, Coney Island, Charley's Aunt, The Song of Bernadette, and others before making his directorial debut with Diamond Horseshoe in 1945. From this point on he was credited as both screenwriter and director for most of his films, including The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, Miracle on 34th Street, Apartment for Peggy, Chicken Every Sunday, The Big Lift, For Heaven's Sake, Little Boy Lost, The Country Girl, and The Proud and Profane.

Fred Foy remembered as narrator of radio's The Lone Ranger in the 1950's

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 Frederick William Foy (March 27, 1921 – December 22, 2010) was an American radio and television announcer, who used Fred Foy as his professional name. He is best known for his narration of The Lone Ranger. Radio historian Jim Harmon described Foy as "the announcer, perhaps the greatest announcer-narrator in the history of radio drama." Shortly after graduating from high school in 1938, Foy began in broadcasting with a part-time position at WMBC, a 250-watt independent station in Detroit. He moved to WXYZ in 1942, but World War II interrupted his radio career...[see Wikipedia link for full bio].


Ken Niles (December 9, 1908, in Livingston, Montana – October 31, 1988) was an American radio announcer.

Niles played an important role in the development of radio drama throughout the 1920s. "Mr. Niles began a series of original radio dramas called Theater of the Mind in 1928." During the 1930s, he produced and assisted with the hosting of actress-cum-gossip columnist Louella Parsons' talent and interview program Hollywood Hotel. Parsons and Niles later appeared in a 1937 feature film based on the show. Niles subsequently narrated, or served as announcer, in several other feature films. He served as commercial announcer and foil on several series sponsored by Camel Cigarettes, notably that starring Abbott and Costello. Niles was frequently paired in comedy skits opposite Elvia Allman as his fictitious wife Mrs Niles. For his work in radio, he received a "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as did his brother, Wendell Niles, making them the first brothers to be so honored.


Jean Parker Shepherd (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999) was an American radio and TV personality,

With a career that spanned decades, Shepherd is best known to modern audiences for the film A Christmas Story (1983), which he narrated and co-scripted, based on his own semi-autobiographical stories. When he was about to be released by WOR in 1956 for not being commercial, he did a commercial for Sweetheart Soap, not a sponsor, and was immediately fired. His listeners besieged WOR with complaints, and when Sweetheart offered to sponsor him he was reinstated. Eventually, he attracted more sponsors than he wanted—the commercials interrupted the flow of his monologues. Ex WOR engineer, Frank Cernese, adds: The commercials of that era were on "ETs"—phonograph records about 14" in diameter. Three large turntables were available to play them in sequence. However, Shepherd liked the engineer to look at him and listen when he told his stories. That left little time to load the turntables and cue the appropriate cuts. That's when he started complaining about "too many commercials"!. He broadcast until he left WOR in 1977. His subsequent radio work consisted of only short segments on several other stations including crosstown WCBS[disambiguation needed]. His final radio gig was the Sunday night radio show "Shepherd's Pie" on WBAI-FM in the mid-1990s, which consisted of his reading his stories uncut, uninterrupted and unabridged.


WNEW Make Believe Ballroom

In 1934, Martin Block went to work for WNEW at a salary of $20 per week. In 1935, while listeners to New York's WNEW in New York (now information outlet WBBR) were awaiting developments in the Lindbergh kidnapping, Block built his audience by playing records between the Lindbergh news bulletins. This led to his Make Believe Ballroom, which began February 3, 1935 with Block borrowing both the concept and the title from West Coast disc jockey Al Jarvis, creating the illusion that he was broadcasting from a ballroom with the nation’s top dance bands performing live. He bought some records from a local music shop for the program as the radio station had none. Block purchased five Clyde McCoy records, selecting his "Sugar Blues" for the radio show's initial theme song.

  Martin Bloick WIKIPEDIA

Intro to one of the earliest and best radio dj programs in US radio. WNEW-am radio in New York City's Make Believe Ballroom with Martin Block (1935-49) and later William B. Williams. First to play records on the radio is credited LA's Al Jarvis.

William B. Williams (August 6, 1923 - August 3, 1986), was an American disc jockey on New York City radio station WNEW for over four decades. He hosted the popular program Make Believe Ballroom. Williams is particularly noted for coining the title "Chairman of the Board" for Frank Sinatra. Unusually, Williams appeared in the November, 1966 issue of Detective Comics, in a story which involved Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, the civilian identities of Batman and Robin, appearing on his show. He was given a prominent appearance on the cover for the occasion

  William B Williams WIKIPEDIA

Franklyn MacCormack (March 8, 1906 – June 12, 1971) was an American radio personality

Based in Chicago, Illinois from the 1930s into the 1970s on his radio program, The All Night Showcase. He was also well known as the announcer of the long-running old-time radio serial Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. For many years he was the overnight broadcaster on two of Chicago's well-known clear-channel radio stations, first on WBBM and then on WGN, and thus was heard by listeners hundreds of miles from Chicago. In contrast to the primary sports-and-talk formats of WBBM and WGN, MacCormack read romantic and sentimental poetry and played classical, big band and Broadway music. One poem, "Why Do I Love You?" became his signature, the first line of which he would typically use to begin his program: I love you not only for who you are, but for what I am when I am with you. MacCormack's sotto voce style of reading these poems inspired the Bob and Ray character Charles the Poet, who can never get through one of his overly sentimental poems without breaking up into laughter. During his tenure on WGN, MacCormack's show originated at Uphoff's Rotunda Motel and Restaurant in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin for two weeks every summer, through the courtesy of local waterski show impresario Tommy Bartlett.


Paul Duke (October 16, 1926 — July 18, 2005) was an American newspaper, radio and television journalist, best known for his 20-year stint as moderator of Washington Week in Review on PBS.

Don Blair (Mutual/NBC Radio) interviews Paul Duke (NBC News, Washington Week in Review) about his broadcasting career in journalism on this episode of Broadcast Pioneer Biographies originally aired in 2003 on METV in Sarasota/Bradenton, FL. Don Blair provided an updated introduction.


John Gambling

On this edition of Broadcast Pioneer Biographies, Don Blair (Mutual/NBC Radio) interviews New York radio legend John Gambling ("Rambling with Gambling") which aired on WOR radio in New York city. This series originally aired on METV in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL from 2002-2004. Don Blair provided an updated introduction. (


Isaac Liev Schreiber (/ˈliːɨv/; born October 4, 1967) is an American actor, narrator voice over artist

Schreiber has narrated a number of documentaries, along with Michael G. Stanton, many of them aired as part of PBS series such as American Experience, Nova, and Secrets of the Dead from 2001 to 2011. He is also the voice behind the television commercials for Infiniti. In 1995, he provided narration for the BBC/WGBH documentary co-production Rock & Roll. In 1994, he narrated Two Billion Hearts, the official film of 1994 World Cup. Schreiber is also the voice of HBO's Sports of the 20th Century documentaries. Similarly, Schreiber is also the narrator of HBO Boxing's Countdown and 24/7 documentary series. Schreiber served as the voice of Skeletor in the 2002 incarnation of Masters of the Universe. Schreiber narrated Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals and Broad Street Bullies in 2010, on HBO. Schreiber provided the narration for "Making of Pumping Iron" documentary that is included in a special anniversary edition of the movie Pumping Iron. He also narrated the History Channel specials Ape to Man, The Lost Kennedy Home Movies, and America: The Story of Us. Schreiber reprised his role as narrator for HBO's 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic NHL documentary, which followed the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals as they prepared to face each other in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2011. Once again, Schreiber was the narrator for the HBO series, 24/7 : Road to the Winter Classic. That year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers battled in the Classic, at Citizens Bank Park in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Schreiber has been the narrator in HBO's Hard Knocks for every season, except for the 2007 Season with The Kansas City Chiefs. Schreiber also narrated the 2011 documentary Hitler's G.I. Death Camp on the National Geographic Channel. The newly released 2012 "Kinderblock 66" is narrated by Schreiber. Schreiber narrated the 2013 documentary "Money for Nothing".WIKIPEDIA

Julia Roberts, actor, voice over

Nationwide Insurance has ditched its geeky "World's Greatest Spokesperson in the World" character for the Pretty Woman. Well, sort of . A-list actress Julia Roberts does not appear in the insurer's new ads, but she serves as the voice-over for the campaign, called "Join the Nation." That's not to be confused with The State, as in State Farm's "Get to a Better State" campaign. "When we were considering how to bring our message to life, we were looking for a familiar voice that would bring our brand attributes to life," Jennifer Hanley, senior VP-brand marketing for Nationwide, said in a statement. "Julia Roberts' voice brings an assuring, confident tone to the campaign that resonates well with our target audience."more here

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Ed Harris, Josh Lucas, voice of Home Depot

The previous voice of the Home Depot was Ed Harris. [above] An example of a Home Depot commercial containing an Ed Harris voice-over can be found here: ad who is

2014 voice over actor for Home Depot is
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James Earl Jones voice over, actor

The 83-year-old James Earl Jones is known for his unique voice. He has voiced Mufasa in The Lion King as well as Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. It seems the actor is finally being recognized for his voiceover work after it was reported that he has received a special award from the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. On Sunday, November 9, Jones received the Voice Icon Award at the first Voice Arts Awards. The Voice Arts Awards aims to recognize voice acting talent in film, TV, as well as commercials and videogames. The ceremony was held at the Museum of Moving Image in New York City. WIKIPEDIA BIO

H. Jerome D'Amato (August 24, 1927 – January 24, 1979), known professionally as Jerry Damon, was an American radio and television announcer and actor.

Damon was a staff announcer for NBC in New York from 1954WIKIPEDIA until his death. He was part of a core group that, during his years with the network, also included such other noted voice-over artists as Bill Wendell, Don Pardo, Mel Brandt, Wayne Howell, Vic Roby and Howard Reig. As such, his duties included handling network program introductions and closes, bumpers, promos, and teasers. He also handled such duties, as well as occasional sign-offs and live tags, for the network's New York flagship station WNBC-TV and its radio sister stations (WNBC (AM), now WFAN and WNBC-FM/WNWS/WYNY, now WQHT, respectively).

John J Graham and his NBC Peacock graphic logo

John J. Graham (September 25, 1923–June 12, 1994) was an American graphic artist.
who designed and created both the NBC peacock logo (1956) and the NBC "snake" logo (1959). Graham was born in New York City, where he attended the School of Industrial Art (now The High School of Art & Design) and later, studied under Artist Jack Levine. He joined NBC after World War II, where he was responsible for designing the television division's various logos, title cards, print materials, advertising, and promotions. In the early 1950s, Graham, as NBC Art Director, hired a young Andy Warhol to do some of his first commercial works. In 1966, NBC President Julian Goodman appointed Graham Director of Design for the entire network.

Dick Joy (December 28, 1915 – October 31, 1991) was an American radio and television announcer.

Joy's involvement with radio at the local level began when, while a student at USC, he worked part-time for radio stations in Los Angeles, California. His first job after graduation was at KEHE, and he later joined the announcing staff of KNX. At age 21, Joy moved up from the local level to CBS, becoming that network's youngest staff announcer in history. By 1937, he was involved with Kathryn Cravens' News Through a Woman's Eye, Good Afternoon Neighbors, Thomas Conrad Sawyer Series Goodyear Sun-up News,  and The Newlyweds. In the following three years, he added to his achievements work on My Secret Ambition, Hollywood in Person, Road of Life, I Want a Divorce, College of Musical Knowledge, Burns and Allen, and The Beauty Explorer. Joy went on to be the announcer for numerous network radio programs including The Danny Kaye Show, Forever Ernest, The Sad Sack, Vox Pop, The Adventures of Sam Spade, Blue Ribbon Town, Dr. Kildare. Nelson Eddy Show, Those We Love, Silver Theatre,New Old Gold Show, Jackie Coogan Show, and The Saint. The 1946 edition of Radio Annual reported, "Dick Joy and Donald C. McBain have opened their new station, KCMJ, at Palm Springs."  Thus, Joy began his first venture into ownership of a station while continuing to work on network radio. He sold KCMJ in 1950.   WIKIPEDIA

George Walsh, who became known as the voice of "Gunsmoke"

Walsh was one of several announcers who introduced the western series on CBS radio for nearly a decade then followed the show to television as its announcer. Beginning in 1952, Walsh opened the weekly series that was broadcast live on radio with these words: "Around Dodge City and in the territory out West, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. marshal and the smell of 'Gunsmoke.' " The radio version of "Gunsmoke," which starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, aired until 1961. Walsh, an announcer and a newscaster at KNX-AM (1070) from 1952 to 1986. LATimes Obit

Dan Seymour was born in 1914...died 1982

After graduating from Amherst College in 1935, Seymour began his career as a radio announcer. A year later, he joined the Columbia Broadcasting System in New York ...with his mellow voice, went on to other announcer roles on various shows. His contribution to The War of the Worlds was as the regular announcer of The Mercury Theater on the Air (usually the fist voice to be heard at the beginning of every program). He was also the announcer for the human interest radio and television program “We the People” and served as announcer and master of ceremonies of such radio staples as “Duffy’s Tavern”, The Aldrich Family”, “The Benny Goodman Show” and the “Camel Caravan Swing School”.
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Seymour moved from Young & Rubicam to become the head of JWT's Radio-Television Department in 1955. He served as President (1964-), Chief Executive Officer (1967-) and Chairman (1972-1974). Seymour died of a heart attack in New York.  At the time of his death, Seymour was serving as a director of several companies, including American Express.NYTimes Obit

Hal Gibney, announcer - actor

Hal Gibney was born on August 26, 1911 in Woodland, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Dragnet (1951), The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) and Atomic Energy Can Be a Blessing (1952). He died on June 5, 1973. Born: August 26, 1911 in Woodland, California, USA Died: June 5, 1973 (age 61)


Peter Thomas (born June 28, 1924) is an American announcer and narrator of television programs

Thomas has been a long time narrator of films including many shown on PBS such as Nature and Nova and syndicated Forensic Files and Mystery Detectives. He has been a narrator for over fifty years. WIKIPEDIA Thomas began his career at fourteen as an announcer on a local radio show. Since the station could not pay him, due to his age, they arranged for the sponsor, Piper Aircraft, to give him flying lessons in a Piper Cub. Within just a few years, Thomas would be hosting Big Band remotes. With the onset of World War II, he left The Stony Brook School and volunteered for the United States Army in 1943, after being offered an Armed Forces Radio deferment, and served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was issued a Battle star for each of the five campaigns. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère.

Roger Tuttle, NBC announcer

Tuttle was with NBC for 45 years. He worked with announcers such as Don Pardo and Vic Roby. NBC MonitorBeacon, images
One of the NBC network staff announcers who held lifetime contracts; his colleagues were Don Pardo, Wayne Howell, Fred Facey, Bill McCord and Howard Reig. Tuttle was heard on several NBC TV game shows; 1971 Three on a Match (TV Series) Announcer; 1960 Dough Re Mi (TV Series) Announcer; 1956 The Price Is Right (TV Series) Sub-announcer (1960-1963)

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.

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