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Gary Owens

Gary Owens (middle), 1982
Born May 10, 1936
Mitchell, South Dakota

Gary Owens (born May 10, 1936) is an American disc jockey and voice actor. His polished baritone speaking voice generally offers deadpan recitations of total nonsense, which he frequently demonstrated as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Owens is equally proficient in straight or silly assignments, and is frequently heard in television, radio, and commercials. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mitchell is a city in Davison County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 14,558 at the 2000 census. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... Rowan & Martins Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC network. ...



Early life

Owens was born Gary Altman in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of Venetta (née Clark), an educator and county auditor, and Bernard Joseph Altman, a country treasurer and sheriff.[1] Mitchell is a city in Davison County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 14,558 at the 2000 census. ... Née redirects here. ...


Jack Haley and Gary Owens, 1979.
Jack Haley and Gary Owens, 1979.

Owens was a journeyman DJ/announcer throughout the midwest and southern U.S. in the late 1950s, finally ending up at radio station KEWB, Oakland, California in 1959. He moved to its sister station KFWB in Los Angeles in 1961. From there, he joined the staff of KMPC in 1962, where he remained for the next two decades working the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. shift, Monday through Friday. A gifted punster, Owens became known for his surrealistic humor. Among his trademarks were daily appearances by The Story Lady (played by Joan Gerber), the Rumor of the Day, myriad varieties of "The Nurney Song", and the introduction of the nonsense word "insegrevious", which was briefly included in the Funk and Wagnalls Dictionary. Jack Haley August 10, 1898-June 6, 1979, was an American film actor best known for his portrayal of The Tin Man (and farmworker Hickory) in The Wizard of Oz, which role he got only because actor Buddy Ebsen had a near-fatal reaction from ingesting the aluminum dust makeup... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... KEWB (now KNEW) was a radio station operated by Crowell Collier Broadcasting (Colliers Weekly magazine) in Oakland, CA from 1959 to 1966. ... Oakland redirects here. ... KFWB is a Los Angeles, California AM radio station operating on 980 kHz with 5,000 watts of power from a transmitter site near Lincoln Park (East Los Angeles). ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... KMPC-1540 is known to the Los Angeles and Orange County area as 1540 The Ticket. It is owned and operated by the radio division of the Sporting News magazine, although some of the networks daily programming does not air on the station, except in certain situations. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joan Gerber is an American voice actress, born July 29, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. ... Funk and Wagnalls is a publisher based in New York City. ...

His regular on-air radio terms included "krenellemuffin", as in "We'll be back in just a krenellemuffin". Gary always credited his radio engineer at the end of his broadcast: "I'd like to thank my engineer, Bob Jones, for creebling at the turntables." He also created the heretofore non-existent colors "veister" and "krelb".

In the early 1960s, like punster-TV star comic colleagues Ernie Kovacs, Steve Allen and Jonathan Winters, Gary Owens created a few comic characters of his own, such as the gruff old man Earl C. Festoon and his wife Phoebe Festoon, the stuffy old businessman Endocrine J. Sternwallow, and the goofy good ol' boy, Merle Clyde Gumpf. Another character was crotchety old cantankerous Mergenthaler Waisleywillow. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Steve Allen on the cover of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian, and writer who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ... Jonathan Harshman Winters III (born November 11, 1925 in Bellbrook, Ohio) is an American film and television actor. ...

Owens also did very funny radio promotions like sending in for "Yours", which turned out to be a postcard from him from the radio station which simply said "Yours" on it; and autographed pictures of the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles; and his famous "Moo Cow Report" in which Gary and his character Earl C. Festoon would describe where moo cows were moving inbound on the crowded freeways of L.A. During this time he was also known as "Superbeard", because like other radio icon Wolfman Jack, he sported a goatee-beard, wore Hawaiian shirts, baggy Bermuda shorts, and his "1941 wide necktie with a hula girl on it". Often during these comedy skits on the air he would have the assistance of other radio comics, most notably Bob Arbogast (known as "Arbo" to his adoring fans), Stan Ross (of "Drowning in the Surf" fame in 1963), and Jim "Weather Eyes" Hawthorne. Robert Weston (Bob) Smith (21 January 1938 – 1 July 1995) became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a disc jockey using the stage name of Wolfman Jack. ...

Owens also did his famous "Good Evening Kiss" on KMPC when he was on from 9PM to Midnight, by saying "Now I'll just snuggle up to a nice warm microphone, and embracemoi, with a big wet kiss sound effect followed by the sound effect of a big gong striking. In 1966, Owens collaborated with Bob Arbogast, June Foray, Daws Butler, Paul Frees and others on a hilarious comedy spoof record album titled "Sunday Morning With the Funnies" with the Jimmy Haskell Orchestra on Reprise Records.

During this period, Owens became more widely known as the voice of the eponymous TV cartoon characters in Roger Ramjet and Space Ghost, the excitable narrator/announcer from The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, and perhaps most well-known, as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, all the while continuing his show on KMPC. He also hosted its daily game show spin-off, Letters to Laugh-In, during its brief run in 1969. Capitalizing on Owens' "Laugh-In" fame, Mel Blanc Audiomedia, an audio production company based in Beverly Hills, CA, developed and marketed "The Gary Owens Special Report," a 260-episode package of syndicated radio comedy shows. Roger Ramjet was an animated childrens television comedy series created in the United States that first ran in 1965 and has been frequently in syndication since. ... For the Adult Swim comedy, see Space Ghost Coast to Coast Space Ghost is a character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... The Perils of Penelope Pitstop is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera (now known as Cartoon Network Studios) that premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Continuity announcer. ... Rowan & Martins Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC network. ... Letters to Laugh-In was a daytime game show that aired on NBC from September 29, 1969 to December 26, 1969. ...

He was also a scriptwriter for Jay Ward Productions, has appeared in many series for Walt Disney, and has done over 30,000 commercials. He was also a guest star on The Munsters and McHale's Navy. Jay Ward Productions is an animated cartoon studio, founded in 1949 by American animator Jay Ward. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The Munsters was a 1960s American television comedy depicting the home life of a family of monsters. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ...

In 1973, Owens wrote The (What to Do While You're Holding the) Phone Book (ISBN 0-87477-015-7), a comedic look at the history of the telephone. For other uses, see Telephone (disambiguation). ...

On the weekend of September 12-13, 1981, Owens substituted for Casey Kasem on American Top 40; it was Gary's only appearance on radio's first nationally syndicated countdown show. That same year Watermark chose Owens to replace Murray the K as permanent host of "Soundtrack of the '60s", an oldies retrospective show. It ran in syndication through 1984. The American Top 40 logo American Top 40 (commonly abbreviated to AT40) is an internationally-syndicated, independent radio program created by Casey Kasem and Don Bustany. ... Murray Kaufman (February 14, 1922 – February 21, 1982) professionally known as Murray the K, was a famous and influential rock and roll impresario and disc jockey of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. ...

He was the voice of Disney's Epcot Center ride, World of Motion, which operated between 1982 and 1996. World of Motion (October 1, 1982–January 2, 1996), sponsored by General Motors [1], was the former tenant of the Transportation pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ...

Owens did the humorous news blurbs that are interspersed throughout the 1975 film The Prisoner of Second Avenue. In 1976, Owens hosted the first season of the nighttime version of The Gong Show; he was replaced by the show's creator, Chuck Barris. In one of his bizarre giveaways on KMPC, he offered listeners a chance to receive "an autographed picture of the Harbor Freeway." The Prisoner of Second Avenue is an American comedic (somewhat of a black comedy) play that ran on Broadway from November 1971 until September 1973. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Chuck Barris (born Charles Hirsch Barris on June 3, 1929) is an American game show producer of the 1960s and 1970s and author. ... Autograph of king Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718) An autograph is a document written entirely in the handwriting of its author, as opposed to a typeset document or one transcribed by an amanuensis or a copyist (see allography). ... The Harbor Freeway goes under many bridges as it passes through downtown Los Angeles The Harbor Freeway is one of the principal north-south freeways in Los Angeles County, California. ...

When Roger Barkley surprisingly walked out of the long-running "Lohman and Barkley Show" on KFI in Los Angeles, Owens briefly teamed with Al Lohman for the successful morning commute show. Roger Barkley (b. ... Al Lohman (b. ...

Owens has also provided the voice for

He has narrated or announced dozens of other cartoons, as well as the fourth and sixth installments of the Space Quest PC game series. There was also an unrelated childrens television series, titled Garfield Goose and Friends, that ran from the 1950s through the 1970s. ... Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) was the second Dr. Phibes movie, a sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes. ... Powdered Toast Man lends a hand to Ren and Stimpy Powdered Toast Man is a fictional spokesman for Powdered Toast, a product featured on the cartoon The Ren and Stimpy Show. ... The Ren and Stimpy Show was an American animated television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. ... Bobbys World is a childrens animated television series, which ran from 1990 to 1998, on FOX. It was about the daily life of Bobby Generic (pronounced Jen-A-Rick) and his very overactive imagination on how he sees the world. ... Dirk Niblick (right) and his neighbor, Mr. ... Square One, also known as Square One Television, was a television show produced by the Childrens Television Workshop to teach mathematics and abstract mathematical concepts to young viewers. ... 2 Stupid Dogs was a short-lived US animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that ran from September 1993 to January 1995. ... Blue Falcon is a cartoon character produced by Hanna-Barbera studios. ... Blue Falcon redirects here, for someone who betrays, see minced oath Dynomutt, Dog Wonder is an American animated television series produced for Saturday mornings by Hanna-Barbera about a Batman-esque super hero, The Blue Falcon and his assistant, a bumbling yet generally effective robot dog Dynomutt, who (not unlike... Raw Toonage is a half hour Disney animated cartoon series aired on the CBS network in the fall of 1992. ... Raw Toonage is a half hour Disney animated cartoon series aired on the CBS network in the fall of 1992. ... Ulysses Feral is a fictional anthropomorphic cat created for the animated television series Swat Kats. ... Categories: Television stubs | Animated television series | Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios cartoons and characters | Fictional cats ... Vohaul holographically communicates with a shocked Roger. ... Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier was released in 1995 and ran on the last version of the SCI engine, SCI32. ... Space Quest is a series of six science fiction computer games that follow the adventures of a hapless janitor named Roger Wilco, as he campaigns through the galaxy for truth, justice and really clean floors. ... This computer/video game related article needs cleanup. ...

In the 1980s, Owens announced on jazz radio station KKJZ (then KKGO-FM) in Westwood, California. In the late 1990s, Owens hosted the morning show on the Music of Your Life radio network, where he later had the evening shift and currently hosts a weekend afternoon show. He also announces pre-recorded station IDs for Parksville, British Columbia radio station CHPQ-FM (The Lounge). For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Music of Your Life is a satellite network featuring the Adult Standards radio format. ... Station identification (sometimes called a sounder or stinger) is the practice of any type of radio or television station or network identifying itself, typically with a call sign or brand name. ... 67. ... CHPQ (known on-air as The Lounge) is a Canadian radio station operating in Parksville, British Columbia at 99. ...


When appearing "in character" on camera as Gary Owens, the announcer, Owens holds his right hand up to his right ear while speaking into a gimbaled boom microphone. This is done in imitation of the announcers in the early days of radio, who had to rely upon the acoustic feedback of their cupped hand to hear how they sounded to the audience. Owens created the phrase "Beautiful downtown Burbank" which was later used on Laugh-In and the Tonight Show. Gary received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in 1980, between Walt Disney and Betty White. A gimbal is a mechanical device that allows the rotation of an object in multiple dimensions. ... Microphones redirects here. ... For the community in Santa Clara County, California, see Burbank, Santa Clara County, California. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Betty White (born January 17, 1922) is an Emmy Award-winning American film and television actress with a career spanning sixty years, sometimes referred to as The First Lady of Television and Americas Sweetheart. ...


Owens would often paraphrase his boyhood hero Lamont Cranston, also known as The Shadow, on 1940s radio, who said "Friend of those who have no friends"; Gary's version was "Friend of those who want no friends"!

Gary also said things like:

  • "And now here he is, Gary Owens. Thank you very much, me!"
  • "Not much change in the weather, or my wallet till next payday!"
  • "It's been downright insegrevious, folks!"
  • "See your doctor before it's too late. And if it's too late, come back in the morning, when he's open."
  • "If you are a Taurean, it is better to be a South Taurean than a North Taurean."
  • "Gosh-a-roony!"
  • "The technical difficulty originally scheduled for this time has been postponed - due to technical difficulties."
  • "That's easy for you to say!"
  • "This is the Zupmeister Broadcasting System." (followed by a parody of NBC's three-tone tag line, with the third "tone" being anything from a wobbly board to a loud explosion.)
  • "Thank you, Reverend. And I like your new clown outfit."
  • This is Gary Owens. Stay tuned for the news, followed by more of Goof Edwards [ Geoff Edwards ]."

Gary Owens, Los Angeles, K- -les -M- -les -les -les C-K!" Taurus the bull Taurus is the second astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Taurus. ... This article is about the television network. ... Billie Sol Estes (born 1924) was a scandal-ridden Texas-based financier best known for his association with US President Lyndon B. Johnson and for accusing Johnson of a variety of crimes, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy. ... Geoff Edwards is an American television actor, game show host and radio personality born on February 13, 1931 in Westfield, New Jersey. ... In radio (including television), a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for amateur, broadcast, and sometimes military radio use, as well as for broadcast television. ...

  • Version #2:

"I wanna listen to: Ga-ry O-wens, Los An-ge-lope!"

  • "KMPC--the radio station open to the opinions of everyone."

"I think Gary Owens is a idiot."
"Who asked him?" For other uses, see Idiot (disambiguation). ...

  • Sung to the tune of The Association song "Cherish:" "Garish is the word we use to inscribe... on the lavatory walls at.. K-M-P-C, Los Angle-Less"

Cover from 1966s And Then. ... Look up cherish in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


  1. ^ Gary Owens Biography (1936-)

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