L.A. radio’s Bob Anderson dies at 86

Was staff announcer at KABC for almost 50 years

Los Angeles radio personality Bob Anderson, a staff announcer on KABC for 46 years, died in Los Angeles on March 11 from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was 86.

Anderson began his radio career in 1947, when he joined the staff of KXOB in Stockton, Calif., as a newswriter and broadcaster. He next signed on with KWBR in Oakland as a news editor.

Anderson became a news writer and announcer on KMPC in Los Angeles in 1948, broadcasting many sporting events. Following a short stint at KNX, Anderson head to KABC, where he was a staff announcer from 1961-2007. Assignments there included hosting “Religion on the Line,” “Spotlight on the Community” and a talkshow with future mayor Tom Bradley; he was also a substitute for Bob Arthur on the KABC show “Ken and Bob.” Anderson regularly delivered the commercials during Dodger baseball broadcasts and gave local news, weather and sports reports.

Anderson could also be heard on movie trailers for all of the major studios and in front of the camera he was seen as an announcer on such shows as “Engineer Bill,” “John J. Anthony,” “Oscar Levant,” “Lights, Camera, Action,” “Channel Nine Movie Theatre” and “Dan August.”

Born in New York City, Anderson came to Los Angeles with his family at age 10. He served in the Navy on an oil tanker ship in the South Pacific during WWII, after which he attended UCLA and UC Berkeley.

Anderson is survived by a son and two daughters; two granddaughters; his brother, actor Richard Anderson; and Phyllis Anderson, who was Bob’s former wife and longtime companion.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn.

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