Adapted from Variety, issue of 10/24/84:
Kenneth L. (Ken) Carpenter, 84, veteran tv and radio announcer, died Oct. 16, 1984 in Santa Monica, California, following a brief illness. A native of Avon, Ill, Carpenter moved to Hollywood in 1929 and shortly became a staff announcer at KFI radio. After announcing the 1935 Rose Bowl football game on NBC, he was in demand for programs nationally. He became Bing Crosby's announcer in 1936 shortly after Bing took over the hosting duties on the Kraft Music Hall. Carpenter remained Bing's announcer through the next 26 years. He also announced on the wireless for numerous Armed Forces Radio Services broadcasts during World War II as well as Al Jolson's Kraft Music Hall, Edgar Bergen's show featuring his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, and on radio and tv versions of "Lux Theatre" and "One Man's Family." His wife and son survive.