13 JULY 1913 - Birth of Dave Garroway, American radio disc jockey and television host.
David Cunningham Garroway was the founding host of NBC's Today from 1952 to 1961. He also hosted NBC-TV's live remote Sunday series Wide, Wide World and weekend radio series Monitor.
His easygoing, relaxed and relaxing style belied a battle with depression that may have contributed to the end of his days as a leading television personality--and, eventually, his life. Born in Schenectady, New York, Garroway was 14 when he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended University City High School and Washington University. He began his broadcasting career modestly, starting as an NBC page in 1938, and then graduating from NBC's school for announcers 23rd in a class of 24. Even so, he landed a job at influential Pittsburgh radio station KDKA in 1939. He roamed the region, filing a number of memorable reports from a hot-air balloon, from a U.S. Navy submarine in the Ohio River, and from deep inside a coal mine. Those early reports earned Garroway a reputation for finding a good story, even if it took him to unusual places. He died 21 JULY 1982.