Ted Brown (radio)

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Brown in 1956.

Ted Brown (May 5, 1924-March 20, 2005), was a charismatic radio personality who worked at several stations in New York City including WMGM, WNEW and WNBC during the 1950s and 1960s, the golden age of AM radio.

Biography[edit]

Brown was born in Collingswood, New Jersey, the son of Meyer Nathan Brown and Rose Brown. Brown attended Roanoke College in Virginia. He served as a B-17 tail gunner during World War II, and spent 18 months as a prisoner of war after being shot down over Germany. During the 1950s, Brown would broadcast from a studio in the basement of his home in Riverdale in the Bronx.[1]

Brown died at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale due to complications of a stroke he had suffered several years earlier.[1]

Radio career[edit]

Brown as "Bison Bill" when he filled in for Bob Smith on Howdy Doody.

In 1953, Ted Brown began working at WNEW 1130 as an air-personality. He worked there off and on and at one point he worked at WMGM playing rock and roll. He indeed returned to WNEW and then worked at WNBC from the late 60s to the early 70s. At that point he went back to WNEW as afternoon drive air personality. He moved to mornings in 1978. When WNEW began evolvng in 1979 from Adult Contemporary to Adult Standards/Big Bands by 1981, Ted remained. He continued working at WNEW until 1989 when he semi-retired. In the 1990s he helped host New York Giants football games on WNEW. From 1993 to 1995, Ted worked middays at WRIV, a standards station in Riverhead, New York and on WVNJ 1160 Oakland, New Jersey playing standards and big bands from early in 1996 to about 1998 when he suffered a stroke. He signed-off his show with the phrase "Put on the coffee Mama. I'm coming home."[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. "Ted Brown, Talk Show Host and New York Radio D.J., Is Dead", The New York Times, March 22, 2005. Accessed May 4, 2008. "As a teenager in the 1950's, Jonathan Schwartz, another New York radio colleague, watched Mr. Brown broadcasting from his basement studio at his home in Riverdale, in the Bronx. Theodore David Brown was born on May 5 in Collingwood [sic], N.J., the youngest of four children of Meyer Nathan Brown, who owned a grocery store, and Rose Brown."
  2. ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. "Ted Brown, Talk Show Host and New York Radio D.J". Ted Brown : WNEW 1130 AM. wnew1130.com; Edward C. Brown, Editor. Retrieved 10 January 2013. "Published: March 22, 2005–NY Times"