Keith Max Jackson (October 18, 1928 – January 12, 2018)

American sportscaster, known for his career with ABC Sports (1966–2006). While he covered a variety of sports over his 40-year career, he is best known for his coverage of college football (1952–2006), and his distinctive voice,with its deep cadence and operatic tone considered "like Edward R. Murrow reporting on World War II, the voice of ultimate authority in college football." WIKIPEDIA

Alan Bleviss, Veteran Voice-Over Artist, Is Dead at 76

Alan David Bleviss (August 6, 1941 - December 30, 2017) was a Canadian born voice actor who had been a resident of the United States since 1976. In 1991, he was described as one of the "top names" in the business. His voice over career spanned nearly four decades. He was a past president of the Civil War Token Society. Bleviss did voice over work for the coming attraction trailers for hundreds of Hollywood movies, especially those made by Miramax His corporate clients included American Express, AT&T, Canada Dry and Kodak. He did political work for the National Abortion Rights Action League and many Democratic Party campaigns, including the 1988 campaign of Michael Dukakis for President.


We are saddened to learn of the death of a friend and broadcast colleague... Dave Shayer

Dave was a true friend whose good times and unique sense of humor will not be forgotten.
A member of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia where you will find this bio.

'Chickenman' Dick Orkin dies -

Dick Orkin (July 9, 1933 – December 24, 2017) was an award-winning voice actor and commercial radio producer who created the series Chickenman and The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy. His voice was used in many radio advertisements and public-service announcements. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Orkin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater from Franklin and Marshall College. He received a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the Phillips Graduate Institute, and attended Yale Drama School, studying for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater. WIKIPEDIA

Stan Brooks, CBS Radio, WINS has died

Stanley Bertram "Stan" Brooks (January 24, 1927 – December 23, 2013) was an American radio broadcaster for CBS Radio. Brooks began his career in 1962 at WINS, found in the metropolitan New York City area at 1010 on the AM radio dial. When the decision was made by station owner Westinghouse to take it from a mixed radio and news format to an all-news one, he was enlisted to help organize the transition. The changeover took place on April 19, 1965. WIKIPEDIA

Lou Adler, a Fixture of New York Radio News, Dies at 88

Louis Charles Adler (April 18, 1929 – December 22, 2017) was an American radio journalist, director of Quinnipiac University's Ed McMahon Mass Communication Center, and also was Quinnipiac's Fred Friendly-endowed Professor of Broadcast Journalism. Adler was born in Jamestown, New York. A longtime morning news anchor on WCBS in New York, Adler was credited with popularizing the "talk news radio" format on WCBS during the late 1960s. From 1969 to 1980, Adler also served as WCBS' general manager and/or news director, (sometimes concurrently.) After his retirement, he became owner of WKFD, an AM radio station in Wickford, Rhode Island. He died on December 22, 2017 in Meriden, Connecticut at the age of 88 from Alzheimer's disease....(Wikipedia)

Longtime Sportscaster Dick Enberg Found Dead at Home at 82

Richard Alan Enberg (February 28, 1935 – December 21, 2017)

Retired Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, who provided play-by-play for numerous sporting events on radio and television for nearly six decades, died on Thursday. He was 82. Barbara Enberg, Dick’s widow, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she believes the cause of death was a heart attack. Enberg was known for his signature “Oh, my!” as well as his “Touch ‘em all!” home run call. More than half a century ago, Enberg received his first full-time broadcasting gig for KTLA in Los Angeles. He was an American sportscaster. He provided play-by-play for various sports on numerous radio and television networks (including NBC, CBS, and ESPN), and for individual teams, over the course of an approximately 60-year career. Enberg was well known for his signature on-air catchphrases "Touch 'em all" (for home runs) and "Oh, my!" (for particularly exciting and outstanding athletic plays). He also announced or hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade for many years, sometimes with the help of family members. Enberg retired from broadcasting in 2016. WIKIPEDIA

Charles Osgood to retire from ‘The Osgood File'

 More than a year after leaving his iconic perch as host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” the beloved broadcaster Charles Osgood announced he’s retiring from “The Osgood File” due to health concerns, ending an illustrious broadcasting career. WPIX

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)

circa 1965...

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.

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