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➦In 1886...Louis Hazeltine, who invented the neutrodyne circuit, was born.
➦In 1926...satirical humourist/advertising guru Stan Freberg was born in Pasadena. He is remembered and revered for his creativity, as an author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director. His best-known works include “St. George and the Dragonet“, John & Marsha, Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, his role on the television series Time for Beany, and a number of classic commercials. The 15 episodes of his 1957 CBS radio show are fondly recalled by OTR fans. He died from pneumonia April 7 2015 at age 88.
➦In 1942...Former NPR host, Garrison Keillor, was born. ("A Prarie Home Companion").
Charlie Greer (1923-1996) did middays and overnight. Given WABC's 50,000 clear channel signal, Greer became a popular all-night disc jockey heard on more than 38 states punching his way through famous tongue twister commercials for an all night clothing store called Dennison's in Union, New Jersey.
Greer also spent time with New York City's WCBS-FM in 1973, then and became part of WCBS-FM's Rock and Roll Radio Greats Weekend in the eighties and nineties.
From WAKR in Akron Ohio, Charlie started at WABC on December 7, 1960. He moved back and forth between overnights and middays a couple of times. He was one of the original Swingin’ Seven from Seventy Seven.
He moved to Philadelphia's WIP in 1969 and then back to the New York area to WRKL in New City for a short while, and later worked at WHAM in Rochester, before returning to Akron.
➦In 1971... 93/KHJ - Los Angeles early evening Disk Jockey - “Humble’ Harve Miller pled guilty to second degree murder of his adulterous wife Mary. In a short statement, he said he accidentally shot his wife and still loved her. Miller was the subject of a 13-day nationwide search after the murder in May.
Humble Harve was the top-rated nighttime disc jockey throughout a five year period, and also did commercials, voice-over work, and narrated the 1967 counterculture documentary film Mondo Mod. He also narrated the late-1969 syndicated version of KHJ's The History of Rock and Roll 48-hour special, which aired throughout the early 1970s.
In 1971, Miller's career took a dramatic turn when he was found guilty of murdering his adulterous wife Mary and wound up serving a ten-year prison sentence for manslaughter. In 1980, Harve was released from prison and soon found work at LA station KKDJ.
Among the Los Angeles radio stations Humble Harve has worked for throughout the years are KIQQ, KIIS, KUTE, KRLA, KRTH, KCBS-FM, and KZLA. In addition, Miller also worked for WIBG in Philadelphia in 1985 and KVI in Seattle, Washington from 1986-1989, and also narrated a variety of syndicated radio specials during the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1995 Miller was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.
➦In 1974...Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow) did his last show on WABC 770 AM/New York and moved over to WNBC 660 AM.
➦In 1981...FCC established General Radiotelephone Operator License, ceased issuing First and Second Class Operator licenses.
➦In 2000...NYC's WADO 1280 AM increased power to 50 Kw Day / 7.2 Kw Night.
➦In 2005...Canadian-born ABC TV news anchor Peter Jennings succumbed to lung cancer at age 67.
➦In 2015…Veteran radio and television host/anchor (KGO, KCBS, KRON-TV in San Francisco and CKNW and CJOR in Vancouver, British Columbia) Art Finley died of a heart attack at 88.