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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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