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Mike Wallace Dead at 93, Began in Radio

By April 8, 2012

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Newsman Mike Wallace, who rose to fame on the CBS program 60 Minutes, has died at the age of 93. Wallace was one of 60 Minutes' original correspondents when the program began airing in 1968. (Right: Mike Wallace Publicity Photo, 1957)

Wallace began his media career in radio as a newscaster in 1939 at WOOD-AM in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He stayed there until 1940 and then went to WXYZ-AM in Detroit (now WXYT-AM) where he became an announcer. From there he moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked as a radio freelancer.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he announced for radio shows like Ned Jordan - Secret Agent, Sky King, and The Green Hornet.

He joined the CBS Radio Network in the late 1940s as a staff announcer and later was a game show host before moving on to television.

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