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10/13/2008


R.I.P.: Gil Stratton, Jr.

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television — Charlie Summers @ 10:15 am

Received this sad news this morning from REPS…Gil was a great friend to the Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention, always quick with a laugh. Below a photo from last year’s con.

Fans and friends may leave their condolences for Gil’s family - and/or share memories or remembrances of Gil Stratton on his website guestbook at http://www.gilstratton.com/

Gil Stratton’s radio credits included:
Fibber Mc Gee and Molly, Halls of Ivy, My Favorite Husband, The Life of Riley, Lux Radio Theater, Suspense, Great Gildersleeve and others.

Gil Stratton, 86, called ‘em as he saw ‘em 6:22 PM Saturday

A friend of longtime Los Angeles sportscaster Gil Stratton emailed the news that Stratton died this morning at home in Toluca Lake. He was 86 and had suffered heart problems. Stratton was a fixture on KNX Radio and Channel 2 for decades and the popular sports anchor on “The Big News” with Jerry Dunphy that ushered in the era of hour-long news in L.A. From the obit being circulated by friends:

Stratton, 86, was a native of Brooklyn, NY and started out as a Broadway performer at the age of 19 in the musical “Best Foot Forward.” That led to a career in films including a supporting role in the Academy Award-winning “Stalag 17″.
His career was interrupted by World War II when he served as a bombardier in the Army Air Corps.

In 1954, Stratton caught the attention of management at Channel 2, then KNXT, and became a sportscaster. He became part of the “Big News” team headed by anchor Jerry Dunphy as the station dominated local news ratings in the 1960’s. Drawing on his background as a baseball umpire, Stratton would open his sportscasts with a trademark line: “Hi folks, time to call ‘em as we see ‘em.”

He is the recipient of seven “Golden Mike” awards from the Southern California Broadcasters association.

Gil Stratton, Jr. and our friend Ken Stockinger at the 2007 Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention

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  1. “Hi folks—time to call ‘em as we see ‘em…” – Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Says:

    […] Charlie Summers at Nostalgic Rumblings reports the passing of actor/sportscaster Gil Stratton, Jr.. who died this past Saturday at the age of 86. Devastating news to hear, to be sure—particularly in light of the fact that in working on this Radio Spirits project (which I just finished) I heard his unmistakable voice on a Life of Riley broadcast from February 3, 1950 (in which he plays a boyfriend of Babs’ who’s told by Riley to stay away from the house…but manages to sneak in when Riley hires a tutor for his daughter). Stratton played Margie’s boyfriend on the RADIO version of My Little Margie (on TV, it was Don Hayden). […]


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