Voiceover announcer Ken Roberts, who introduced soap operas “Love of Live” and “The Secret Storm,” died June 19 of pneumonia in New York. He was 99.
Roberts’ baritone voice was also heard on children’s show “The Electric Company.” One of his last roles was as an off-screen announcer in Woody Allen’s “Radio Days,” a film that also featured his son, actor Tony Roberts.
His eight decade career included acting on Broadway and a stint as master of ceremonies on quiz show “Quick as a Flash.”
He also narrated numerous radio and TV commercials, including spots for Mogen David wines.
Born Saul Trochman in Manhattan, he attended law school before starting in the radio business in the late 1920s in New Jersey. He worked at New York’s CBS radio outlet for 20 years, starting in 1931, and the tall actor also played a dimwitted football star in the 1937 Broadway comedy “Hitch Your Wagon.”
On “The Electric Company,” one of his most-remembered sketches was “Love of Chair,” a play on “Love of Life.”
He is survived by his wife Sydell, son Tony, daughter Nancy, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.