Herb Oscar Anderson, Crooning D.J. for WABC-AM, Dies at 88

Herb Oscar Anderson, the morning D.J. for the New York Top 40 station WABC-AM during most of the 1960s, died on Sunday,29 January 2017, in Bennington, Vt., near Hoosick Falls, N.Y., where he had a home. He was 88.
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Profile of Herb Oscar Anderson by Scott Benjamin...

 At the top of the hour, he would sing, “Hello again, here’s my best to you. Are your skies all gray? I hope they’re blue.” He said he wrote those lyrics after using Champagne Time by Lawrence Welk, which had been written by a member of the bandleader’s ensemble. He said that representatives of Welk’s show wanted to use that song as their theme and politely asked Herb if he would use another theme song.



 VIDEO: Herb Oscar Anderson was a one-of-a-kind radio personality who for the span of over six decades, entertaining millions of radio listeners. He will probably be best remembered as The Morning Mayor of NYC Radio on 77 WABC in the early 1960's.

SPORTSCASTER RETIRES....Brent Musburger (born May 26, 1939)

The January 2017 Kentucky win over Georgia was the last time you heard Brent Musburger on ESPN. The 77-year-old unexpectedly announced shortly before then that he was leaving the network where he’s worked for the last 27 years, and his formal farewell came in a relatively understated venue. But it was still a chance for everyone to say goodbye. deadspin

 Brent Woody Musburger (/ˈmʌsbɜːrɡər/; born May 26, 1939) former American sportscaster for the ESPN and ABC television networks. Formerly with CBS Sports and one of the original members of their program The NFL Today, Musburger has also covered the NBA, MLB, NCAA football and basketball, and NASCAR. Musburger has also served as a studio host for games, a play-by-play man, and halftime host. He has also performed postgame wrap-up segments and covered championship trophy presentations. He is a member of the Montana Broadcaster's Association Hall of Fame.

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JIM FAGAN

Jim Fagan's baritone voice carried him through a career of voiceover announcing and sports production, has died. Fagan, 72, passed away at his home Tuesday afternoon, 17 January 2017,  from the effects of Parkinson’s disease. There’s a good chance that while you may not have recognized his face, you knew his voice. Over the years Fagan did voiceover work the NFL, the NBA, the Olympics, NBC Sports, the Mountaineer Sports Network, the MetroNews Radio Network and hundreds of commercials. WVmetroNews

 VIDEO: Former WVU football player Jim Fagan has passed away at the age of 72. Fagan spent his career doing voiceover work for the NFL, the NBA, the Olympics, NBC Sports, the Mountaineer Sports Network and hundreds of commercials. 

Remembering FM radio pioneer Everett L Dillard

Everett L. Dillard, 82, a former Washington-based radio station executive and consultant, died of cancer June 28, 1988, at his home in Titusville, Fla. Mr. Dillard was the former owner of two Washington area radio stations, WASH-FM in Washington, which he acquired in 1944, and WDON, an AM station in Wheaton which he acquired in 1953. He sold WASH in 1968 and WDON in 1974. During the 1940s he also headed the Washington-based Continental FM Network, a 52-station affiliate. He established the Commercial Radio Equipment Co. in Washington in 1942. During World War II the company sold quartz crystals to the Armed Forces. Later it specialized in radio broadcast consulting. Mr. Dillard sold that business in 1972. A native of Kansas City, Mo., Mr. Dillard graduated from Missouri State University. Before moving to the Washington area in 1942 he owned and operated experimental FM radio stations in the Midwest. He was a former president of the Frequency Modulation Association, a past president and charter member of the Association of Federal Communications Engineers and an amateur radio operator. He had been on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters. In 1983 he received the Radio Pioneers award for contributions to the industry. A former resident of Silver Spring, Mr. Dillard had lived in Titusville and Cape Cod for about the last five years. Survivors include his wife, Jean Martin Dillard of Titusville and Cape Cod; one daughter, Sandra Jean Faunce of Silver Spring; one son, Donald Dillard of Annapolis; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. ---Washington Post Obit from June 29, 1988

JIM LOWE, WNEW DJ...dies


James Ellsworth "Jim" Lowe (May 7, 1923 – December 12, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1956 number-one hit song, "The Green Door". He also served as a disc jockey and radio host and personality, and was considered an expert on the popular music of the 1940s and 1950s His most notable run as a disc jockey was with WNEW AM in New York, from 1964. Lowe also worked at WNBC AM in New York where he was heard both locally and on the coast-to-coast NBC Radio weekend program Monitor

 A radio interview with longtime broadcaster on WNEW 1130 in NY City, Jim Lowe aired on WIBQ (now WSRQ) in Sarasota, FL 6/4/04. Jim talks about working at the legendary WNEW and his syndicated show at the time Jim Lowe and Company.

Craig Sager, (June 29, 1951 – December 15, 2016)

Craig Graham Sager, Sr. (June 29, 1951 – December 15, 2016) was an American sideline reporter, covering sports for an array of broadcast and cable television companies. Sager is best-known for his widely seen work beside the courts of the National Basketball Association, in which he invariably sported a specimen from his vast collection of preposterously garish suits. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO... The loud clothing made for colorful moments with NBA players -- The Starters have put together the most memorable moments in Craig Sager's TV career. Watch The Starters weekdays at 7:00ET on NBATV and get more of them on their website: http://nba.com/thestarters

Gwen Ifill, Award-Winning PBS Political Reporter and Author, Dies at 61

NY Times Gwendolyn L. "Gwen" Ifill (/ˈaɪfəl/; September 29, 1955 – November 14, 2016) was an American journalist, television newscaster, and author. She was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS. Ifill was a political analyst and moderated the 2004 and 2008 Vice Presidential debates. She was the author of the best-selling book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. WIKIPEDIA

R.I.P. John Zacherle, Renowned Horror Host, Has Passed Away at 98

John Zacherle (/ˈzækərliː/ zak-ər-lee; sometimes credited as John Zacherley; September 26, 1918 – October 27, 2016) was an American television host, radio personality, and voice actor. He was best known for his long career as a television horror host, often broadcasting horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his character of "Roland/Zacherley," he also did voice work for movies, and recorded the top ten novelty rock and roll song "Dinner With Drac" in 1958. He also edited two collections of horror stories, Zacherley's Vulture Stew and Zacherley's Midnight Snacks. He was also the uncle of My Little Pony creator Bonnie Zacherle.

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Peter Allen, a Voice on the Radio for the Met Opera, Dies at 96

Peter Allen (September 17, 1920–October 8, 2016) 

Mr. Allen, who presided over 29 seasons of broadcasts, said introducing performances was, except for his marriage, “the richest experience of my life.” N YTimes 

Peter Allen was an American broadcaster and radio announcer based in New York City. He was especially noted for his 29 years as announcer for the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. WIKIPEDIA

 Allen began his long tenure as announcer at WQXR radio in 1947. His connection with the Metropolitan Opera began in 1973 when he served as the backup for Milton Cross who had been announcing the Met's Saturday afternoon broadcasts since their inception in 1931. In 1975, after Cross's sudden death, Allen took over as announcer for the Met and continued in the job until 2004.

Death of Sid Doherty Broadcast Pioneers hall of Fame

"Trade mark ID"...
BOOTH VOICER: "WCAU-TV Ten...Phil ah DEL phia".
Sid was member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Sid served in the US Navy during WWII and then Sid was inducted into Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1993, BroadcastPioneers.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?n=sidney-doherty-sid&pid=181656734&fhid=28302#sthash.Dp7FoEo1.dpuf LEGACY PHILLY BROADCAST PIONEERS BIO

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On August 28, 2016, Charles Osgood formally announced his retirement from CBS News Sunday Morning, final appearance September 25, 2016

Charles Osgood Wood, III (born January 8, 1933), known professionally as Charles Osgood, is an American radio and television commentator and writer. His daily program, The Osgood File, has been broadcast on the CBS Radio Network since 1971. Osgood has hosted CBS News Sunday Morning since April 10, 1994. When his tour with the U.S. Army Band was completed, in October 1957 Osgood joined WGMS AM and FM Washington. The Good Music Station ...all classical... as announcer Charles Wood and as a special assistant to the general manager. Before the end of 1958, WGMS promoted him to program director. This blog editor was interviewed by Osgood in 1962 for a position at WGMS Radio. Osgood showed me the WGMS operations at The Harrington Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. No job was offered me, non available, but he was a gracious host to a classical announcer 'wannbe'.

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JAMES W. KEELER was the original host for broadcasts of The Philadelphia Orchestra

James W. Keeler, 82, of Suttons Bay, Michigan died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Tendercare of Leelanau. Keeler was born March 21, 1927, in Corning, N.Y., the only son of James and Helen (Doane) Keeler. As a young man, James served in the United States Army in Korea immediately after World War II. 

Keeler was a passionate classical music fan, and worked his entire life as a classical music radio broadcaster. He was a classical music announcer at Philadelphia's WHYY FM in the late 1950s. At WHYY FM, in 1961, he co hosted an afternoon news and features program called Kaleidoscope for ERN [Educational Radio Network] with Al Hulsen at WGBH FM in Boston. Later at WFLN AM and FM, Philadelphia Keeler was the station program manager...and later PD at WQRS, Detroit. His travels in radio broadcasting took him from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to Boston, New York, Detroit and to Traverse City. Keeler, was the announcer on Philadelphia Orchestra radio concerts in the 1960s and 1970s. This series was heard in national syndication weekly. "From the historic Academy of Music in Philadelphia, this is James W. Keeler welcoming you to a broadcast concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra."  He was program director for Philadelphia's WFLN Radio and the production credit on those broadcasts went to the "Magnetic Recorder Reproducer Corporation" a division of the classical station. Following many years at WQRS the Detroit classical station he retired to Traverse City, MI. James wrote reviews in the Record-Eagle for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. He was also involved with the cities public radio station WNMC.

W. Carter Merbreier (August 2, 1926 – August 9, 2016) aka TV's Captain Noah

W. Carter Merbreier (August 2, 1926 – August 9, 2016) was an American television personality, ordained Lutheran minister and former police chaplain for the Philadelphia Police Department. Merbreier created and co-hosted the long-running syndicated children's television series, Captain Noah and His Magical Ark, in 1967. The show aired until 1994.

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BROADCAST PIONEERS OF PHILADELPHIA

Radio with pictures

You hear the tone at the top of the hour. The musical signature plays. The correspondent announces, "CBS News. I'm Frank Settipani." The voice, ubiquitous through clock, bathroom and car radios, has been unseen for decades. Not anymore. If you happen to be up early on any weekday morning streaming CBSN, the 24/7 cable TV-like news service freely available on the Internet... Live video from CBS Radio News on CBSN originates from New York or Washington D.C. While the New York studio looks claustrophobic, the Washington workspaces seem positively plush with room for a shaded lamp or potted plant. You can count at least five framed pictures in the vicinity of D.C.-based correspondent Sam Litzinger. Tell that to New York-based Jim Taylor who looks like he might run out of air at any moment.



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ROGER AILES OUT AT FOX...Ailes' career in television began in Cleveland and Philadelphia, where he started as Property Assistant for KYW-TV,

Roger Eugene Ailes (born May 15, 1940) is an American television executive. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign. Ailes' career in television began in Cleveland and Philadelphia, where he started as Property Assistant (1962), Producer (1965), and Executive Producer (1967–68) for KYW-TV, for a then-locally produced talk-variety show, The Mike Douglas Show. He continued as Executive Producer for the show when it was syndicated nationally, and in 1968 was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for it. In 1967, Ailes had a spirited discussion about television in politics with one of the show's guests, Richard Nixon, who took the view that television was a gimmick. Later, Nixon called on Ailes to serve as his Executive Producer for television. Nixon's election victory was Ailes's first venture into the political spotlight. His pioneering work in framing national campaign issues and making the stiff Nixon more likeable and accessible to voters....more from wikipedia WIKIPEDIA VIDEO

Singer actress Noel Neill dies in Tucson AZ age 95

 Noel Neill, best known as an early Lois Lane in TV's The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves.
 Noel Neill, actress, was also a big band singer for Bing Crosby and Bob Crosby and his orchestra.

Noel Darleen Neill (born November 25, 1920 - 3 July 2016) was an American singer and actress of film and television. Neill sang with Bob Crosby and his orchestra. She also sang at the Del Mar Turf Club, which was owned by Bing Crosby. She is best known for her portrayal of Lois Lane in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), as well as the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman. Over the decades, she has appeared in various productions of the Superman franchise, often playing the parent or other relative of one of the main characters, including the 1978 Superman feature film, the 1980s TV series Superboy, the 1990s primetime drama Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; and in the 2006 film Superman Returns. WIKIPEDIA

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