Charlie O'Donnell is from Philadelphia. He was program director at WHAT Radio, news director at WIBG, Radio 99 and hosted all-night movies on Channel 6.
However, he was also the announcer on "American Bandstand." Then, he began a career (for decades) as a game show announcer. Charlie O'Donnell is truly one of the greats of our business.
On Sunday, May 17, 2009, Broadcast Pioneers member Sam Lit spoke with Charlie in conjunction with our WIBBAGE Reunion luncheon (held a few days later). While Sam had Charlie on the phone, he recorded an interview with O'Donnell.
It s presented here in two segments, each about 10 minutes long. Be advised that some of the material appears in both segments. This is done to give continuity to what Charlie is saying. We recommend you listen to both parts.
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