John Cameron Swayze
John Cameron Swayze

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Name: John Cameron Swayze
Occupation: TV Show Host
Gender: Male
Birth Day: April 4, 1906
Death Date: Aug 15, 1995 (age 89)
Age: Aged 89
Birth Place: Wichita, United States
Zodiac Sign: Aries

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John Cameron Swayze

John Cameron Swayze was born on April 4, 1906 in Wichita, United States (89 years old). John Cameron Swayze is a TV Show Host, zodiac sign: Aries. Find out John Cameron Swayzenet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He had a quiz radio show called Who Said That?

Does John Cameron Swayze Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, John Cameron Swayze died on Aug 15, 1995 (age 89).

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Before Fame

He was a small-time actor on Broadway.

Biography Timeline


Swayze returned to the Midwest and worked for the Kansas City Journal-Post as a reporter and as radio editor. While in the latter position, on September 27, 1933, he began the radio program Stranger Than Fiction. He also worked in sports, writing about and broadcasting football games.


Swayze was the son of Jesse Ernest Swayze and Christine Cameron, aka Camerona (cited by some sources). His father's name is of Norman French origin and dates back to Dorset, England in the early 17th century. He married Beulah Mae Estes in 1935. He died in Sarasota, Florida, on August 15, 1995. He was survived by his widow and two children, John Cameron Swayze, Jr., of Bedford, New York, who anchored weekend news on WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York until October 2010 (under the name Cameron Swayze), and Suzanne Swayze Patrick of Alexandria, Virginia; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


From there he graduated to radio, doing news updates for Kansas City's KMBC in 1940 and, reportedly, an experimental early television newscast. In Kansas City, Swayze broadcast news items prepared by United Press Kansas City bureau overnight editor Walter Cronkite. In 1946, Swayze went to Hollywood, where NBC hired him as director of news and special events for its western division.


During 1948, Swayze provided voiceover work for the Camel Newsreel Theatre, an early television news program that broadcast Movietone News newsreels.

At the same time, Swayze proposed and obtained a radio quiz program, Who Said That?. Swayze was a panelist on the radio version, which lasted two years, and on the television version of the program, which was broadcast on NBC from 1948 to 1955. In the series, celebrities tried to determine the speaker of quotations taken from recent news reports.

NBC, meanwhile, made Swayze the host of its national political convention coverage in 1948, the first commercial coverage ever by television. (NBC Television did broadcast the Republican National Convention from Philadelphia during 1940 on a noncommercial, semi-experimental basis, seen in just three cities: Philadelphia, New York City and Schenectady, NY).

In October 1948, Swayze was a permanent panel member of the quiz show Who Said That? and was referred to as the anchorman in what may be the first usage of this term on television.


Swayze was chosen in 1949 to host NBC's first television newscast, the 15-minute Camel News Caravan. He read items from the news wires and periodically interviewed newsmakers, but he is remembered best for reporting on the Korean War nightly and for his two catchphrases: "Let's go hopscotching the world for headlines" and his signoff: "That's the story, folks—glad we could get together. And now, this is John Cameron Swayze saying good night." Veteran broadcaster David Brinkley wrote in a memoir that Swayze got the job because of his ability to memorize scripts, which allowed him to recite the news when the primitive teleprompters of the time failed to work properly.


In 1950 Swayze received the Alfred I. duPont Award.


In early 1955, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, maker of Camel cigarettes, reduced its sponsorship of the program to three days a week. Chrysler's Plymouth division sponsored the other days, and on those days the program was labeled the Plymouth News Caravan. Eventually, Swayze's almost manic style seemed frivolous compared to that of Douglas Edwards, whose rival show on CBS, Douglas Edwards with the News, generally beat Swayze in the national ratings as time went on. In 1956, Swayze was dismissed in favor of the new team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. The Huntley-Brinkley Report soon became the nation's top-rated television newscast; Edwards was replaced during 1962 by Walter Cronkite.


In 1980, Ray Stevens recorded a novelty song titled "The Watch Song," in which his character, in a bar, is approached by a cowboy whose wife he's been seeing and who challenges him to a fight. Outside, in the course of the fight, the cowboy stomps on the watch and busts it beyond repair. In the refrain, Ray's character calls out to John Cameron Swayze (who, in a series of 1960s commercials, would subject a Timex watch to a grueling physical test, then show it still to be ticking away) to tell him how crazy it sounds to say that the cowboy had busted a watch that had been shot at, dipped in beer, and tied to a motorboat and dragged on a beach. At the sight of his busted watch, Ray's character freaks out and beats the cowboy to death.


Swayze also appeared in commercials for Studebaker promoting the automobile company's 1963 model line. He also appeared in a 1984 commercial for radio station WHTZ in New York City, which was broadcast in other markets promoting different radio stations.

Family Life

John had two children with his wife, Beulah Mae.

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