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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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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Delmarva, Delaware Valley radio voice... ED HUNT

Edward Allen Hunt. Born December 8, 1933 in Darby, PA, he was the son of the late Dudley Hilton Hunt and Evelyn Clarke Hunt. He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. In the 1960's Hunt was Operations Manager at Wilmington, Delaware's popular easy listening station WJBR, 95.5 FM. Later, Philadelphia's WPBS, in the mid 1970's, as program director. In 1977, he moved from PA to the Eastern Shore where he worked for WBOC radio as Program Director. He also worked for WSCL and WSDL at Salisbury University. Edward Allen Hunt, was 77, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at his residence. - See more at:Legacy.com

RIP: Retired Radio Personality ‘Dandy’ Dan Daniel

"Dandy" Dan Daniel (1933/1934 – June 21, 2016) was a disc jockey, known as one of the 'Good Guys' while working for the New York radio station WMCA in the 1960s, when bands like The Beatles were transforming the music scene. He performed too and was the first to record the song "Is That All There Is?" He was tall –6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)— and so his theme tune was "Big Boss Man", as performed by Charlie Rich. One of his catchphrases was "I love you ... and especially you, size nine." "Size nine" was once revealed to be his wife, Rose Mary. He started as a disc jockey at age seventeen on Armed Forces Radio with the US Navy. His first commercial job was at KXYZ in Houston in 1955 and he then worked at WDGY in Minneapolis before moving to WMCA in 1961. His first broadcast at WMCA was on August 18, 1961. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO Audio & Video Memories of Dandy Dan Daniel, one of the early Good Guys at Fabulous 57 wmca in New York City. He was also on WHN, WYNY and, most recently, WCBS-FM. A southern boy from Texas who took on The Big Apple and never looked back! Dan was 82.

Janet Marie Waldo (February 4, 1920 – June 12, 2016)

Janet Waldo was an American radio, television, animation and live-action film actress. She is best known in animation for voicing Judy Jetson, Nancy in Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop, and Josie in Josie and the Pussycats, and on radio for Meet Corliss Archer. She died June 12, 2016, aged 96. Her big break came in radio with a part on Cecil B. DeMille's Lux Radio Theater. In her radio career, she lent her voice to many programs, including Edward G. Robinson's Big Town, The Eddie Bracken Show, Favorite Story, Four Star Playhouse, The Gallant Heart, One Man's Family, Sears Radio Theater and Stars over Hollywood. She co-starred with Jimmy Lydon in the CBS situation comedy Young Love (1949–50), and she had recurring roles on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (as teenager Emmy Lou), The Red Skelton Show and People Are Funny. However, it was her eight-year run starring as teenager Corliss Archer on CBS's Meet Corliss Archer that left a lasting impression, even though Shirley Temple starred in the film adaptations, Kiss and Tell and A Kiss for Corliss. The radio program was the CBS answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy. Despite the long run of Meet Corliss Archer, less than 24 episodes are known to exist. Waldo later turned down the offer to portray Corliss in a television adaptation. In 1948, the Meet Corliss Archer comic book, using Waldo's likeness, published by Fox Feature Syndicate, appeared for a run of three issues from March to July 1948, using the original scripts. The same year, Waldo married playwright Robert Edwin Lee, the writing partner of Jerome Lawrence. The couple had two children, and remained married until his death in 1994. WIKIPEDIA

Nanette Rainone, Early Creator of Feminist Radio Shows, Dies at 73

Nanette Rainone, who as a reporter and programmer at the New York radio station WBAI in the late 1960s and early ’70s created some of the first programs dedicated to feminism and women’s issues, died on May 23, 2016,  at her home in Manhattan. She was 73. The cause was complications of breast cancer, her son, Bruno Blumenfeld, said. Ms. Rainone (pronounced ray-KNOWN) was a volunteer at the station in 1969 when she developed the idea for “Womankind,” a feminist news and information radio show that included interviews.
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Michael Harold Dann (September 11, 1921 – May 27, 2016) was an American television executive. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. Died, age of 94

NYTimes Obit He thrived by serving up a mix of high-toned specials and quality offerings like “CBS Playhouse,” well-scripted comedies like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” and a slew of crowd-pleasers like “Petticoat Junction” and “Green Acres” that earned CBS, the Tiffany Network, a second nickname, the Hillbilly Network. Mr. Dann hated the rural shows, but he loved the ratings. Emmy TV Legends 

VIDEO: Mike Dann on lamenting the cancellation of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG 

Alexander Scourby (November 13, 1913 – February 22, 1985)



Alexander Scourby was an American film, television, and voice actor known for his deep and resonant voice. He is best known for his film role as the ruthless mob boss Mike Lagana in Fritz Lang's The Big Heat (1953), and is also particularly well-remembered in the English-speaking world for his landmark recordings of the entire King James Version audio Bible, which have been released in numerous editions. He later recorded the entire Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Scourby recorded 422 audiobooks for the blind which he considered his most important work. He has a reputation in the audiobook industry as being one of the greatest narrators: "He is heralded as having the greatest voice ever recorded." WIKIPEDIA

 Walt Whitman "I Hear it was Charged Against Me" Read by Alexander Scourby...

Jeanne Parr, a Former CBS Correspondent, Dies at 94


Parr began her broadcasting career at WKOW, a local radio and television station in her hometown of Madison, Wis., before moving to New Haven, Conn., to work in weather reporting. After one of her “blooper” broadcasts caught the attention of the producers from the 1950s game show “What’s My Line,” Parr appeared as a contestant and later a panelist on the series. She then caught the eye of a CBS producer who is credited for bringing her to New York, where she embarked on a career as a weathergirl on the “Jim Jensen Show” in 1961. She went on to become a full-fledged news correspondent. Parr is survived by her three sons, Charles James Noth, Michael Parr Noth and actor Chris Noth; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild. VARIETY OBIT

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Morley Safer (November 8, 1931 – May 19, 2016) Best known for 60 Minutes...

In 1964 Safer joined CBS News as a London-based correspondent. In 1965, he opened the CBS News bureau in Saigon. That year he followed a group of United States Marines to the village of Cam Ne, for what was described as a "search and destroy" mission. When the Marines arrived, they gave orders in English to the inhabitants to evacuate the village. When the homes were cleared, the Marines burned their thatched roofs with flamethrowers and Zippo lighters. Safer's report on this event was broadcast on CBS News on August 5, 1965, and was among the first reports to paint a bleak picture of the Vietnam War. President Lyndon Baines Johnson reacted to this report angrily, calling CBS's president and accusing Safer and his colleagues of having "shat on the American flag." Certain that Safer was a communist, Johnson also ordered a security check; upon being told that Safer "wasn't a communist, just a Canadian", he responded: "Well, I knew he wasn't an American."[6] In 1967 Safer was named the London bureau chief, a post he held for three years. Safer was also a CBS reporter during the Nigerian Civil War.[7] In 1970, he left London to replace Harry Reasoner on 60 Minutes, after Reasoner left to anchor the ABC Evening News (although Reasoner would return to 60 Minutes in 1978, alongside Safer). Safer would go on to set the record for the show's longest-serving correspondent, retiring in 2016 after 46 years. WIKIPEDIA | CBS NEWS VIDEO

 VIDEO: As Morley Safer Retires, ’60 Minutes’ Looks Back On A Storied Career

 

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Julia Meade, TV Pitchwoman on 'Ed Sullivan,' Dies at 90



17 December 1928, Boston, Massachusetts = 16 May 2016, New York City

 A frequent commercial spokesperson including Kodak, she pitched hair products and appliances on other shows like "Your Hit Parade." Appeared frequently on stage, including "The Tender Trap" on Broadway. In 1971 Julia did the first Corrective ad on TV. The Federal Trade Commission accused ITT Continental Baking Company of false advertising as to its product Profile Bread. In the corrective ad Julia stated that Profile Bread had no fewer calories than other Bread, but was sliced thinner. Becoming a household name on the Ed Sullivan show, Julia appeared weekly in a Motorama format showing off "dream cars of the 50s" like Lincoln and Mercury bedecked in evening dresses and strings of pearls, while describing the cars with perfectly manicured hands running up and down the upholstery. Her husband "Professor" Tom Foldes frequently appeared with her describing the finer points of automobile design. Official Web Site NYTimes Obit

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