He is the Jacksonville Jaguars Radio Network sideline reporter and a connoisseur of Jameson Irish Whiskey., Sam: KLAC, 1940s-.
Sam was one of the most popular sports broadcasters in Los Angeles radio history.
"I am the first ex-student to be elected president of this risk school." After graduating from the University of Texas, John started out in the newspaper business and WOAI-San Antonio. For part of his stay with KABC news he hosted a morning talk show.
John was the California press director for Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 19.
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In 1949, he provided the voice of the nearsighted Mr.
Bill went to Denver and San Francisco following KFWB where he had impressive success.
His wife of 17 years was principal of the Dubonoff School for "kids at risk." Their daughter attended the Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore. Former KFWB newsman Al Wiman said unequivocally that John "was the best news person EVER!
In 1973 John joined KABC television as a writer/producer and eventually went into news management.