John F. (Jack) Rayel, a TV announcer and producer during the early days of television, died from a heart attack April 30 in Upper Black Eddy, Penn. He was 82.
Rayel’s TV career began before World War II, when he worked as a page at NBC radio in New York.
He served during the war as a forward observer for an artillery unit, and worked with Armed Forces Radio in London. After the war, Rayel continued announcing at NBC radio and TV, CBS TV and the Dumont Network in New York. He became involved in the creation of many ground-breaking shows at NBC, producing the first three productions of the “Hallmark Hall of Fame.”
Rayel also produced daytime’s “The Home Show” and “Entertainment 55,” the first color TV show produced on the West Coast for live broadcast.
After briefly working at Four Star Films in Los Angeles, Rayel returned to New York. He was the account supervisor for N.W. Ayer on “The Bell Telephone Hour,” and headed the production for the show from 1959 to 1967.
Upon retiring from the TV industry, Rayel was involved with several businesses in Milford, N.J.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters and a grandson.