Radio DJ Helen Borgers, L.A.'s longtime voice of jazz, dies at 60

LA TIMES OBIT Helen Borgers, the legendary DJ on KKJZ (K-Jazz) for 38 years, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 after complications from surgery. She was 60. Friends said Borgers will be remembered for her infectious laugh. In a 2012 K-Jazz YouTube video, Borgers broke through the soft jazz music as she showed a contest winner the audio board she worked with every day.PRESS TELEGRAM

ABC announcer Charlie Hughes based in Washington DC

Charles Robert Hughes, Sept. 7, 1931 - July 7, 2016 Hughes graduated from Fordham University (ROTC) in 1953, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Charlie began his Broadcasting Career in 1947 at the age of 16 as a part time announcer at a Military Base in Grinzing, Austria while his father worked for the State Department. Charlie worked for Fordham University Radio station WFUV while attending college. After graduating college, he moved back to Washington DC to accept an announcer position at WGMS and later WTOP. Charlie served in the Korean War and was stationed at Loring Air Force Base. He then served in the Air Force Reserves for 18 years as announcer for syndicated programs for the US Air Force including Serenade in Blue in the 1960's.. Following active duty, he returned to WTOP as a Radio and TV announcer where he met his future wife Ann Powley. They were married in 1957. While at WTOP he hosted American Airlines popular classical music program Music 'Til Dawn. He was hired by the local ABC TV Station WJLA in 1962 where he worked for a short period of time before moving onto the ABC Network where he remained for 33 years as the national TV announcer for news shows originating out of Washington DC. His career also included freelance broadcasting for Voice of America, Government Agencies, and many commercial organizations. Charlie announced the Presidential Inaugural Balls for Presidents George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton. ----(Legacy . com)

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Game show TV host Monte Hall has died...96 years

Monte Halparin, OC OM (August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017), better known by the stage name Monty Hall, was a Canadian-American game show host and producer, best known as the long-running host of Let's Make a Deal. Hall started his career in Winnipeg at CKRC radio, moving to Toronto in 1946 where he found a job with radio station CHUM, where his name was shortened to Hall. For the next decade he hosted and produced a number of programs for radio stations in Toronto as well as Who Am I?, which was distributed nationally in Canada through private syndication until 1959. He also had several short-lived programmes on CBC Television, after it was launched in 1952, but when they were cancelled and another program he had conceived of was taken away from him, Hall decided he had no future in Canadian television. Hall moved to New York City in 1955 to try to break into American broadcasting, but commuted to Toronto several times a month to record episode blocks of Who Am I?. In New York, Hall hosted game shows such as Bingo at Home on WABD-TV and guest-hosted more established game shows such as Strike It Rich on CBS and Twenty-One on NBC. WIKIPEDIA

Reggie Lavong, Smooth-Voiced D.J., Dies at 84

NYTimes Obit
Reggie’s talent for broadcasting and his growing fan base made it possible for him to work at Norfolk Virginia’s WRAP, Wilmington, Delaware’s WAMS, and as the night time broadcaster for WHAT in Philadelphia. Reggie’s popularity and skill took him to Chicago’s WHFC. During his stay in Chicago, he began doing radio commercials and marketing for Al Abrams Pontiac, local department stores, and Bell Telephone. Reggie relocated from Chicago to New York’s WWRL in 1960. In 1964, Reggie along with Georgie Woods became the first Black men in the United States to be part owners of a TV station. Reggie and Georgie, in partnership with Aaron Katz and Leonard Stevens, purchased WPHL Channel 17 in Philadelphia.

 video-AUDIO... Sole release from 1960s DJ Reggie Lavong who appeared on WWRL - This was issued on Spectrum Records in 1968...

RIP Bea Wain, with husband André Baruch popular radio stars

André Baruch (August 20, 1908 (Paris) – September 15, 1991) was an American film narrator, radio announcer, news commentator, talk show host, disc jockey and sportscaster. Although Baruch made his name as a major announcer, he tried to begin his career as a pianist for NBC Radio. He got into the wrong line of applicants; he had entered the announcers' line and was hired on the spot. A native of France, he spoke fluent French, as well as fluent English.

VIDEO: 1950s testosterone-charged virile commercial for Carling's Red Cap Ale touting it as fact that the beverage is "brewed for a man's pleasure." The announcer is Andre Baruch.

Bea Wain (born Beatrice Weinsier; April 30, 1917 – August 19, 2017) was an American Big Band-era singer born in the Bronx, New York City. She had a number of hits with Larry Clinton and his Orchestra. After her marriage she and her husband, André Baruch, [photo] became involved in radio. She led the vocal group Bea and the Bachelors (with Al Rinker, Ken Lane, and John Smedberg) and the V8 (seven boys and a girl) on the Fred Waring show. In 1937, Wain joined former Tommy Dorsey arranger Larry Clinton and His Orchestra, which she joined after doing chorus work with Fred Waring and Ted Straeter. Her debut with Clinton was made in the summer of 1938 at the Glen Island Casino, New York. She was featured with Clinton on a number of hit tunes, including "Martha" and "Heart and Soul". In 1939, she was voted the most popular female band vocalist in Billboard annual college poll, and that same year she began her solo career. Her first theater tour as a solo led to her being signed for the Your Hit Parade and RCA Victor records.

  WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: With Larry Clinton Orchestra...

Voice over artist June Foray has died

June Lucille Forer (September 18, 1917 – July 26, 2017), better known as June Foray, was an American voice actress who was best known as the voice of such animated characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Lucifer from Disney's Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Granny from the Warner Bros. cartoons directed by Friz Freleng, Grammi Gummi from Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears series, and Magica De Spell, among many others.


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Robert Alfred Wolff (November 29, 1920 – July 15, 2017) was an American radio and television sportscaster.

He began his professional career in 1939 on CBS in Durham, North Carolina while attending Duke University. He was the radio and TV voice of the Washington Senators from 1947 to 1960, continuing with the team when they relocated and became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. In 1962, he joined NBC-TV. In his later years, Wolff was seen and heard on News 12 Long Island, on MSG Network programming and doing sports interviews on the Steiner Sports' Memories of the Game show on the YES Network.



John Conte (September 15, 1915 – September 4, 2006) was a radio announcer, film and TV actor, TV host and television station owner.

Conte entered broadcasting with a job at KFAC in Los Angeles. Two years later, he had become a network announcer. He was MC for the Maxwell House program that featured Fanny Brice and Frank Morgan, and he was announcer for Silver Theater on CBS radio. One of his first regular roles was on the Burns and Allen radio show in the 1940s. His television career began as Master of Ceremonies on the 1951 late Sunday afternoon comedy hour, Star Time, co-starring Frances Langford and Lew Parker as John and Blanche Bickerson ("The Bickersons"), as well as sound-effects master stand-up comedian Reginald Gardner. His own weekly solo skit on Star Time was as an hilarious, heavily accented Italian-American chef ( in an all-white uniform, complete with huge muffin-shaped chef's hat) preparing bumbled recipes as he recited them along with frequent tangential references to "the homemade-a wine" fermenting in his bathtub visible from the kitchen. This led to a featured guest appearance with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows about a year later. He then hosted Matinee Theater, a live-drama series on NBC (one of the first daytime shows on network television).

VIDEO INTERVIEW: The Archive of American Television conducted an exclusive four-hour interview with John Conte just a few years ago in 1999. He discusses his early professional career in radio, his theater and motion picture appearances, and his television work. Conte describes his work as a regular on Van Camp’s Little Show, which later became known as John Conte’s Little Show. He elaborates on experiences working on Matinee Theatre, Max Liebman Presents, and his numerous television series appearances as a regular and guest actor. Conte then shares details about what it was like to found and own KMIR-TV.  Almost Five hours of an Interview where Conte talks about early radio in Los Angeles. His broadway career and how he spearheaded the development of TELEPROMPTER. more about Teleprompter


KMIR-TV owner...The station was the first to broadcast in the Coachella Valley on September 15, 1968. Airing an analog signal on UHF channel 36, it has been an NBC affiliate from the start. Actor John Conte owned the station along with the El MIRador hotel in Palm Springs, from which the call letters were derived. KMIR-TV

VIDEO: from April 14, 1942 Rexall's Parade Of Stars orchestra directed by Meredith Willson Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson...

 VIDEO: Frank Sinatra A Voice on Air on the Columbia Legacy label of Sony Music released on November 20, 2015. The arrangement by Percy Faith is the same as on the Columbia recording. The announcer is John Conte.

RIP: Gabe Pressman, a New York TV news icon whose career spanned the evolution of the medium.

Gabriel Stanley "Gabe" Pressman (February 14, 1924 – June 23, 2017) was an American journalist who was a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City for more than 50 years. He was one of the pioneers of United States television news and has been credited as the first reporter to have left the studio for on-the-scene "street reporting" at major events. His career spanned more than 60 years, covering events from the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956, to the assassinations of of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr., to the Beatles' first trip to the United States, to the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Dubbed the "Dean of New York Journalism," he won a Peabody Award and 11 Emmys over the course of his career, and was considered a New York icon. Pressman worked for various New York City newspapers after his return from Europe before becoming a reporter in 1954 for what then was NBC's radio station WNBC, and moved over to television in 1956. Pressman spent the bulk of his broadcast career with NBC, except for a period from 1972 through 1979, when he reported for what was then the Metromedia station, WNEW-TV, Channel 5. Since 1945, Pressman covered the lives of 10 New York City mayors, 10 New York State governors, 15 Senators from New York, and 13 United States Presidents. WIKIPEDIA

Ken Ackerman, quintessential Bay Area radio announcer, dies

Ken Ackerman, whose classic, stentorian radio announcer’s voice graced Bay Area airwaves for more than five decades, has died. He was 95 and died at his home in Terra Linda early Sunday of natural causes. Mr. Ackerman is best remembered as the soothing announcer on the overnight music program, “Music ’Til Dawn,” on KCBS. He joined the station in 1942, at age 20, when it was still KQW. He retired in 1982 but continued to work on KCBS on a part-time basis until 1995.

 VIDEO: One of the Broadcast Legends founders and Member of the Bay Area Radio Hall Of Fame Class of 2006, Ken Ackerman tells the story of his outstanding radio career from his beginning in radio through "Music 'Till Dawn" and KCBS News Anchor. Shot at historic KRE in Berkeley on May 25, 2010. Present were Steve Kushman, Bill Wray and Dave Billeci.

Frank Deford, NPR's Longtime Philosopher Of Sports, Dies At 78

Frank Deford, who cultivated a distinct style of sports journalism at Sports Illustrated and National Public Radio, had died. He was 78. Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Deford III (December 16, 1938 – May 28, 2017) was an American sportswriter and novelist. Over the course of four decades, he was a regular sports commentator on NPR's Morning Edition radio program (from 1980 to 2017). WIKIPEDIA

‘Pixanne’ Actress Jane Norman, Who Flew Into Philadelphian’s Hearts, Has Died

Jane Norman, who conceived the television show as "a female version of Peter Pan," played "Pixanne" from 1960 to 1969. The show was then syndicated for another seven years. Norman, a Philadelphia native, died Saturday, May 13, 2017, at her home in Bala Cynwyd. She was 83. In 1960, Norman went into WCAU with the idea for her future hit show. “Came up with the idea of the ‘Pixanne’ character who would fly because I realized all kids loved flying,” Norman said recently in an interview with the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. The was picked up almost immediately and aired for nearly a decade in the city. Norman’s Peter Pan-like character dazzled children with her realistic flying, which she said meant the world to her.

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 Pioneers of Philadelphia Broadcasting Jane Norman "Pixanne":

Classical Music Radio Host June LeBell has died

Official Bio

 LeBell was a fixture at New York City’s WQXR. Hired on as the first female announcer on a major U.S. commercial classical music radio station, she hung up the mic in 2002, but returned on air in South Florida with a weekly Sunday afternoon one-hour interview program for WSMR-FM titled June LeBell’s Music Conversations. June LeBell, New York’s first woman presenter on a commercial classical station, has died of ovarian cancer on her 73rd birthday. She was frontline cultural interviewer on WQXR, conducting five to ten interviews a week. She moved later to WSMR. ad week

 VIDEO: New York broadcasting legend and Sarasota resident June LeBell talks about her music/talk show on WSMR. Video by Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald.

Ralph Votrian (1934-2017) has played in voice over roles in cartoons, TV, movies, video games and more.

Actor in radio, and TV; voiceover artist -- via His IMDb bio states that he began performing at age 8 (1942) on radio. His extensive list of appearances include work on "Dragnet" and "Twilight Zone." INTERVIEW IMDB

Time to save Public Broadcasting...again

On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children's television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (named Misterogers' Neighborhood at the time), testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was at risk of being reduced to $10 million. Subcommittee chairman, Senator John Pastore (D-RI), unfamiliar with Fred Rogers, is initially abrasive toward him. Over the course of Rogers' 6 minutes of testimony, Pastore's demeanor gradually transitions to one of awe and admiration as Rogers speaks.

TV legend Carl Reiner, 94, takes a tumble down the stairs

He’s fine, but Carl fell down the stairs and the first thing he thought of was his appearance that day on TBS's Conan.

His BOOK:  order "Now You're 94" here

Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer of comedy whose career spans nearly seven decades. During the early years of television comedy, from 1950 to 1957, he co-wrote and acted on Caesar's Hour and Your Show of Shows, starring comedian Sid Caesar. In the 1960s Reiner was best known as the creator, producer, writer, and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He also had great success as a film director and writer, and partnered with Steve Martin in the 1970s when Reiner co-wrote and/or directed some of Martin's most successful films, including 1979's The Jerk.


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