RIP..TV Pioneer Gene Crane



Gene Crane, a legendary Philadelphia broadcaster with a career spanning half a century, has passed away. Crane died peacefully on Monday August 26, 2019 at the age of 99, according to his stepdaughter.
Crane’s career in broadcasting began in 1941 when he worked as an announcer at WJTN Radio while attending Syracuse University in Jamestown, New York. He then served four years in the United States Army in World War II before moving to Philadelphia in 1946, where he worked as a radio announcer for WCAU. After being let go and working briefly at WIP, Crane returned to "WCAU-TV 10" as one of Philadelphia's pioneer television personalities.


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Jack Morton Perkins (December 28, 1933 – August 19, 2019)

JACK PERKINS was an American reporter, commentator, war correspondent, and anchorman. He was dubbed "America's most literate correspondent" by the Associated Press. Perkins appeared on NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, and on A&E as host of Biography. Until 2012, he hosted A Gulf Coast Journal, a weekly magazine show which aired on Tampa, Florida PBS member station WEDU-TV. He also hosted and narrated special programs on Chattanooga, Tennessee PBS member station WTCI-TV. From 1982 to 1986, Perkins was also a news anchor and commentator for NBC owned-and-operated station KNBC, in Los Angeles, California.

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Sportscaster Jack Whitaker, 95... RIP





John Francis Whitaker (May 18, 1924 – August 18, 2019) was an American sportscaster who worked for both CBS and ABC. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, fighting in the Normandy Campaign and was wounded by an artillery strike. Whitaker was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in 1941 and Saint Joseph's University in 1947, Whitaker began his broadcasting career at WPAM in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. In 1950, he moved to WCAU where he did local sports and weather broadcasts. He continued to work for CBS' Philadelphia station while beginning to take assignments for the network.

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The border blaster

WIKIPEDIA From 1935 to 1939, XERA was the call sign of a border blaster licensed to Ramón D. Bósquez Vitela in September 1935 to Compañía Mexicana Radiodifusora Fronteriza in Villa Acuña, Coahuila. This station was the successor to XER which had been situated at the same location but whose transmitter had been dismantled after the station ceased broadcasting in February 1933. Like XER, it was under the control of Dr. John R. Brinkley of the U.S. state of Kansas. XERA ceased transmissions in 1939. After losing control of XER when it was shut down by the Mexican government in 1933, Brinkley dismantled the original XER transmitter but attempted to get a new concession for Villa Acuña. Months later in September 1935 he was granted a new concession via his partnership of Cía Mexicana Radiodifusora Fronteriza, a company which was represented by Bósquez as the owner; this was officially awarded on November 18 of that year. The original station broadcast on 960 kHz. Following the signing of various international treaties with the United States, the Mexican government forced XERA off the air in the closing days of 1939, by which time it had moved to 800 kHz. The station's programming, featuring quack doctor religious cures and Nazi propaganda, and the station's reputation for breaking laws and evading taxes, put the station in the sights of both Mexican and American authorities.

WASHINGTON DC RADIO IN 1980's

The WQMR/WGAY format of beautiful music, dates back to 1960 with Ed Winton, but when Ed left for sunny Florida, Bob Chandler, who joined the station in 1965, maintained the sophisticated sound of the beautiful music format that Ed had started into the 1980's, and all the changes he made to the "format" of the station were always gradually introduced, and carefully crafted for the listeners!

Below is a video from YouTube with segments devoted to DC radio in the 1980's...



From WDVM, an Eyewitness News miniseries examining the Washington DC area radio industry. Most or all of the DC radio legends are seen in these reports, Harden and Weaver, Ed Walker, Willard Scott, Andy O, Donnie Simpson, Tom Gauger, Dennis Owens, Eddie Gallaher, Cathy Hughes, Bill Mayhugh, and many more. An interview with the man who helped create the Arbitron ratings system is also featured. This series is reported by another broadcast legend, Channel 9's Gordon Peterson.


Robert Earle (January 5, 1926 – June 5, 2019) was a host of G.E. College Bowl

The American game show was broadcast first by CBS, later by NBC. Earle was the second host of the show, succeeding Allen Ludden, who left the show in 1962 to host Password. Earle hosted College Bowl during its entire NBC run, from 1962 to 1970. Veteran broadcaster (and Ithaca College media professor) Robert Earle had the same well-spoken manner as Allen Ludden. WIKIPEDIA...|...The New York Times Obit



WILLIAM "BILL" MAYHUGH (1927 - 2018) Washington D.C. jazz DJ

Bill Mayhugh, a longtime Washington-area radio host who had an overnight jazz and easy-listening program for almost 30 years, helped raise millions of dollars for charity and was a founder of the Marine Corps Marathon, died Oct. 12, 2018 at an assisted-living facility in Olney, Md. He died on his 91st birthday. He had complications from a broken hip, said a son, Jack Mayhugh. Mr. Mayhugh was a native Washingtonian who began his career as a jazz drummer when he was 16. He turned to broadcasting in 1949, reading the morning news on WFAX-AM in Fairfax County, Va., and soon gave up performing music in favor of talking about it. Early in his career, he was the host of a morning show and a children’s show, and he had a brief turn as a television announcer in the early 1950s before finding his niche as a DJ and interviewer, where he brought a musician’s insight to the airwaves. He first joined WMAL-AM in 1953 as the host of “Mayhugh’s Moods” from 10 to 11 p.m. Later he was evening and afternoon jazz DJ on Washington D.C.'s WOL-AM. Bill's radio career began at WFAX in 1949 and it spanned close to 50 years in the Washington, D.C. area. He worked at other noteworthy stations such as WPIK, WGAY and WOL. Bill is best known for hosting the "All Night Show" from midnight to 6 a.m. on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. for 30 years.

 
Bill & Shirley Mayhugh - Out of the Past - 2009 from Chuck Langdon on Vimeo.

Chuck Cecil (December 26, 1922 – April 30, 2019)


A veteran Los Angeles radio broadcaster and longtime host of the syndicated program "The Swingin' Years", a "Best of" radio show for the "big band" era in music, which lasted from 1935 to 1955. Cecil landed his first radio job at KVEC in San Luis Obispo, California. By December, he had been called to active duty by the Navy. Cecil was accepted for the Navy's V-5 pilot training program, flying for Grumman. When the war ended, Chuck was serving in a replacement squad waiting for his first combat assignment which never came. After the war, Chuck went back to radio. where he found a job at KFLW in Klamath Falls, Oregon. While working as an announcer for "Baldy's Band", a popular orchestra in Southern Oregon, Cecil met his future bride, Edna Brown. She had been working as the band's vocalist. The couple wed in 1947 and have four children and 15 grandchildren.[2] Cecil was hired by Los Angeles radio station KFI in 1952, where he remained for the next 21 years until 1973, when KFI made a format change, causing Cecil to leave the station. Cecil later spent most of the 1970s and 80s working at radio stations KGIL-AM and KPRZ, both in Los Angeles. While working at KFI, Cecil pitched the idea of a Big Band oriented radio show to the station's management; they agreed. So in June 1956, "The Swingin' Years" went on the air for the first time. The concept was simple: "The Swingin' Years" perpetuates the memory of swing music, popularized by such acts as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. The program focuses primarily on Swing, but also included many of the popular ballads of the era that topped the record charts from 1935 to 1955, that Cecil calls "The Swingin' Years". The music played on the program originally came from KFI's vast record library, as well as from Cecil's personal collection of 40,000+ 78 rpm records. As the show progressed, Cecil included audio clips of his interviews with some of the brightest stars of the big band era. "The Swingin' Years" began as a local Los Angeles show in 1956, but by 1973, Cecil began syndicating the program through American Radio Programs, Incorporated. During its peak, the show aired on hundreds of radio stations across the United States, in Europe and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. WIKIPEDIA

The Mike Douglas Show....KYW TV 3 Philadelphia


The Mike Douglas Show was an American daytime television talk show that was hosted by Mike Douglas. Initially, it aired only in Cleveland during much of its first two years, followed by expansion to Philadelphia and nationwide. It went into syndication in 1963 and remained on television until 1981. It was distributed by Westinghouse Broadcasting, and for much of its run, originated from studios of two of the company's TV stations in Cleveland and Philadelphia where The Mike Douglas Show was broadcast from a small 140-seat basement studio located in the WRCV/KYW building at 1619 Walnut Street (See photo. This blog editor is at far right.) The Mike Douglas show was syndicated nationwide by Westinghouse Broadcasting and continued to be aired live until the following year when Zsa Zsa Gabor called Morey Amsterdam a "son of a bitch" for interrupting her joke during the April 29, 1966 program. After that, the program aired on a one-day tape delay basis, allowing for the editing out of any objectionable material.
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Radio voice over announcer R Alan Campbell



Experience, training...
Announcing, narrations and voice overs for many national agencies and businesses including NASA, University of Hawaii, University of Arizona, and the US Air Force. Station breaks, promos and staff announcements for WBAL-Baltimore, WTTG-5 Washington DC, WLCY stations Tampa, WFLA Tampa, WDEL Wilmington, WFLN, WDVR, WTEL Philadelphia and smaller market radio liners. 
Former director of The Institute of Broadcast Arts Philadelphia. Trained as intern by NBC owned station talent. Enrolled in Communications and Theater departments in two Universities. 
SONY VAIO computer, Tascam pro digital recorder mp3, Mackie Mixer, HEIL and Beyer dynamic and Schoeps Collet microphones, several brands of headsets. Sound proof studio. Bose speaker systems. Edit mp3 files with 'audacity'. Uploads via Dropbox or zip files by email. 
Voice heard on several United States Air Force programs... on biography of astronaut Ellison Onizuka at Maui, Hawaii museum...with singer Linda Ronstadt, on PBS documentary. Voice substituted for actor James Coburn on several announcements he recorded but were not used. National magazine network infomercial. Regional automotive and gasoline commercials. 

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