Peter Thomas (June 28, 1924 – April 30, 2016) was an American announcer and narrator of television programs, including shows such as Nova, Forensic Files and Medical Detectives.

Thomas performed voice-overs for hundreds of television commercials, including Coca-Cola, IBM, Valvoline, NBC, United Technologies, Burger King, William Beaumont Hospital and ESPN Monday Night Football commercials. 

 Peter Thomas was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Dr. John D. Thomas and Sibyl Addenbrooke. He had two younger brothers, John and David. His Welsh father, a Presbyterian minister, and his English mother, a schoolteacher from Salisbury, stressed the importance of reading, education and memorization to their son. Thomas says that his father always stressed mental images as an important speaking tool. For example, he told his son if he were talking about horses he had to picture horses in his mind. Thomas began his career at fourteen as an announcer on a local radio show. Since the station could not pay him, due to his age, they arranged for the sponsor, Piper Aircraft, to give him flying lessons in a Piper Cub. Within just a few years, Thomas would be hosting Big Band remotes. With the onset of World War II, Thomas left The Stony Brook School and volunteered for the United States Army in 1943, after being offered an Armed Forces Radio deferment, and served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was issued a Battle star for each of the five campaigns. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: This is a program in the "Broadcast Pioneer" series hosted by Don Blair (Mutual/NBC radio) where he interviews the legends in broadcasting. This episode features an interview with Peter Thomas who's voice has been heard on thousands of commercials on radio and television as well as narration for shows like Nova and Forensic Files. This series was produced and aired on METV in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL in 2003/04. Don Blair provided updated introductions to each episode. (www.dougmilesmedia.com).

 

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