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Veteran CBS Radio News Anchor Jack Popejoy Dies

February 7, 2011 - Longtime CBS Radio news anchor, reporter and journalist Jack Popejoy has passed away as a result of cancer at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 63.

Popejoy anchored the morning news program on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO along with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore since February 2009. He continued to work on-air until late January. From 1986 - 2009 he worked at sister station KFWB, where he served as the morning news anchor since 2000.

Born in Austin in 1947, Popejoy spent his early years in the Delaware Valley, living in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. He began his professional broadcast career after college and training as an Army reservist.  Popejoy worked at WMEX, Boston and WPEN, Philadelphia.  He came to Southern California in the early 70s and wrote jingles for commercials.  In 1972 he was hired as a weekend DJ, then weekday announcer for KIIS, eventually becoming the program director.  In 1976 he started as a newscaster at KPOL AM & FM.  A year later, as the program director, he changed KPOL-FMs call letters to KZLA.

In 1983, Popejoy joined L.A.s KCOP, Channel 13, as a reporter and fill-in anchor, after having spent a few years as a news director and anchor in San Francisco television. A multiple-award winner for broadcast excellence, locally Popejoy was recognized in 1998 as Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists.  He won 27 Golden Mikes from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California, including a best newscast award just last month for Best News Broadcast.  He won eight Press Club Awards.

Popejoy was the producer/reporter for KFWBs award-winning earthquake series Shock of the Century, Safe at Home and Quake Quiz.  He wrote, produced and hosted the post-Katrina special There but for the Grace of God and the 1994 KFWB / Disney video The Great Quake Hazard Hunt. For the past several months Popejoy was co-host of KNX Tech News on Saturday afternoons.  He created KFWBs original website and served as its webmaster for a decade.

 




 
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