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G. L. Vitto

Lawrence (G.L.) Vitto, 69, deejay and latenight TV movie host, died Oct. 28 of a heart attack.

Vitto began his showbiz career in Los Angeles as a teenager, performing in shows with Jack Benny and Fred Allen. He later moved to Oregon to work as a radio deejay.

In 1958, Vitto moved to Las Vegas, where he worked as a free-lancer in radio and TV while forming a crazy style of ad-lib humor. A poll conducted by KLAS-TV at the pinnacle of Vitto’s career found that he had the most recognized name in Las Vegas.

Vitto’s first record-spinning job was at KENO-AM. He moved on to KSHO-TV as sports reporter, and repeated that post after moving to KLAS-TV. His style consisted of switching rapidly from outrageous sports items to straight reporting.

Vitto also hosted latenight movies on several local stations.

Survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter, his mother, two brothers, a sister and five grandchildren.

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