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Wendell Niles

Wendell Niles, one of the last announcers of the golden age of radio, died Monday of cancer in his Toluca Lake home. He was 89.

He was an announcer on such shows as “The Bob Hope Show,””The Burns & Allen Show,””The Milton Berle Show” and “The Chase & Sanborn Show.”

He got his start touring in the 1920s with his own orchestra, playing with the Dorsey Brothers and Bix Beiderbecke.

Niles moved to Los Angeles in 1935 to join George Burns and Gracie Allen.

He and his brother, Ken, developed one of the first radio dramas, which eventually became “Theatre of the Mind.”

He toured with Bob Hope during World War II and narrated a 1936 Academy Award-winning short film on the life of tennis great Bill Tilden.

Among his many film credits is “Knute Rockne: All American” with Ronald Reagan.

Survivors include two sons, a brother, a sister and nine grandchildren.

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