Faded Sandpaper

Jack Jacobson


Jack began his broadcasting career in 1929 on WHAM radio in Rochester, NY, at the tender age of eight on the Uncle Bob Pierce and Company Radio Show. For a while, he and his brother Jay, who went on to become a well-known writer as “Jay Williams”, had their own act together. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, which led to him and best friend, Murray Davison, forming the first Combat Special Services Entertainment Unit, the Famed Sky Blazers, who played with such notables as Jack Benny. He was awarded the Army’s Bronze Star Medal for his service, along with the Jubilee of Freedom Medal from the French Government. After the war, he returned to the U.S., married his sweetheart, Doris Erhard, and in 1945 formed The Ultra Tone Recording Company in Dallas, Texas. Four years later, he became executive producer and on-air talent at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, serving as producer of The Wendy Barrie Show, and also performing for pint-sized viewers as Nosey the Clown. In 1962, he was hired as program/promotion manager for Tucson’s KGUN-TV, and among his many duties was playing “kindly, lovable Dr. Scar” on the station’s Chiller Theater. He moved to Phoenix to manage KTVK-TV in 1979, and then returned to Tucson as general manager of KTTU-TV, a post he held until his retirement in 2002.

Jack was very active in the community. He served on the Executive Committee for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Additionally, he was appointed as a member of the Corporation (for MDA), and later served as a vice president of MDA’s National Association. He was a member of the advisory board of the Tucson Salvation Army, Casa de los Niños’ advisory board, KUAT-TV’s advisory board, and served as executive director for the performing group Kids Unlimited. He was elected to the ABC Television Network’s first Promotion Advisory Board and served as president of the Metropolitan Phoenix Broadcasters. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Tucson Ad Club’s Silver Medal; a member of the Arizona Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame, and in 2002, prestigious Gold Circle Society of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was the published author of two young adult novels, “Miriam” and “No Ordinary Boy”, as well as a memoir about his World War II experiences, “Introducing The Sky Blazers.” He continued to record voiceovers for TV and radio commercials, handle public speaking engagements, and even acted as on-air spokesman for KUAT-TV’s pledge drives until a few months before his death from cancer. Jack passed away on March 23, 2009, at the age of 87.