Gary Owens was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, on May 10, 1936,
and began his radio career as a teenager reading the news on KORN/Mitchell.
He became a seasoned traveler in the 1950s, mixing his offbeat humor
with music at stations in Omaha, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis, San
Antonio, New Orleans, Houston and Oakland.
Owens hit the big time in 1961, when he moved to Los Angeles and
became the morning host for KFWB. A year later, he became the afternoon
disc jockey at KMPC/Los Angeles, where he remained for 20 years.
Today, Owens is heard nightly on over 200 stations as part of the
syndicated Music of Your Life network.
For over 30 years, Owens has reached national audiences with a
series of syndicated comedy and music programs, including Soundtrack
of the Sixties, Superfun, and Gary Owens Weekend
Owens has enjoyed a continued presence in television and animation.
Perhaps his best known role was that of the announcer on Rowan and
Martins Laugh-In. He has been heard on countless commercials
and provided voices for the animated characters Space Ghost, Roger
Ramjet and Ren & Stimpys Powdered Toast Man.
Gary Owens was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.
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