Ken Carpenter

Ken Carpenter


Ken Carpenter
Radio: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Radio Personality
Born Aug. 21, 1900 in Avon, Ill.
Died Oct. 16, 1984 in St. John's Hospital, CA

"One Man's Family," the rich introductory voice said, "is dedicated to the mothers and fathers of the younger generation and their bewildering offspring."

That rich voice belonged to Ken Carpenter, one of the premier announcers of what has come to be known as the Golden Age of Radio. He made that introduction hundreds of times.

Mellow and easygoing in voice and manner, Carpenter was the announcer on many of the top radio and television shows from the 1930s through the '60s, including "The Kradt Music Hall," the "Edgar Bergen Show With Charlie McCarthy," the "Lux Radio Theater" and the long-running "One Man's Family."

Carpenter was a native of Avon, Ill. In 1928, while listening to Graham McNamee, then the top radio personality of his time, describing the Rose Bowl game, Carpenter decided that he was destined for California — and by the next year he had moved to Los Angeles. Six years later, he was announcing the Rose Bowl game. He paid his dues — once leaving a game with cleat marks on his face — before achieving national celebrity status. Even in the big time, he had to do chores that others might have considered demeaning. Among other things, he rang the chimes for Bing Crosby on many of his radio shows.

Carpenter died at age 84 on Oct. 16, 1984, at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica.

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