Adapted from Variety, issue of 10/24/84:

Kenneth Lee (Ken) Carpenter, 84, veteran television and radio announcer, died Oct. 16, 1984 in Santa Monica, California, following a brief illness. A native of Avon, Illinois, Carpenter graduated from Lombard College in Galesburg in 1921. (The college closed in 1930.) Carpenter moved to Hollywood in 1929 where he became a staff announcer at KFI radio in Los Angeles. 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 of 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, “The Great Gildersleeve,” “The Life of Riley” and the “Chase and Sanborn Hour” featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. He announced radio and television versions of "Lux Theatre" and "One Man's Family," and narrated numerous movie trailers and feature films including "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." For his work in radio he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. He is survived by his wife, Betty, whom he met in college, and a son.


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