Richard Allen Dudley, an NBC radio and television announcer who was among the first to broadcast news of the Pearl Harbor attack, died Feb. 2 in Lancaster, Pa. He was 84.
Dudley, known as “The Voice of NBC,” first moved to New York in 1938, starting as a page at NBC. He quickly shot through the ranks, becoming an NBC staff announcer in 1940. When Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, Dudley was one of the first announcers to broadcast the report of the Japanese attack.
He was later drafted in 1943, serving as program director of the Armed Forces Radio Network in London. After the war, he returned to NBC in New York, where he worked as an announcer and performer for 40 years until his retirement.
Dudley began his career in 1925 as an 11-year-old on a children’s radio show on Nashville’s WTNT.
He is survived by two sons.