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Jack Buck, in his 47th year of broadcasting in St. Louis, is a popular and versatile figure in the industry. He is the sports director of KMOX and has served as the play-by-play announcer for Cardinal baseball since 1954.

Buck has received nationwide recognition through his appearances on Monday Night Football on the CBS Radio Network, NFL Football on CBS Television, and as the 1990-1991 baseball play-by-play announcer on CBS Television, as well as his broadcasts of the 1985 and 1976 All-Star games and the Japanese All-Star games in 1960. He has anchored the CBS Radio Network Broadcasts of the World Series since 1963, and announced the National League Playoffs for the network from 1978 to 1982. Buck was commentator for the Super Bowl games of 1970 on TV and 1978 through 1995 on radio. In 1976, he did play-by-play for the first pro football game played outside the United States in Japan between the Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers. Buck is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and is the 1987 recipient of the Ford C. Frick award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for his contribution to baseball. He was named Missouri’s top sportscaster for many years by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In addition to his many awards, Buck was inducted Into the National Radio Hall of Fame in October 1995 and in July 1996, Jack received the Pete Rozelle Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In addition to his busy work schedule, Buck willingly gives of his time and abilities to various banquets and charities throughout the greater St. Louis area and is campaign chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To commend him for his service to the city, Buck was awarded a certificate of excellence In the national Abe Lincoln Awards competition sponsored by the Southern Baptist Radio end Television Commission. He received the distinguished University of Missouri Journalism Award for his outstanding achievements in broadcasting and citizenship. In addition, the University of Missouri-St. Louis presented him with its Doctor of Human Letters, as has Saint Louis University, Illinois College and Lendenwood College.

In addition to his career in sports broadcasting, Buck was the original host of “At Your Service,” KMOX Radio’s listener participation programming that began in 1960.

Buck was born in Holyoke, MA, lived in Cleveland, and graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949. He served in World War II and received a Purple Heart. Before coming to St. Louis in 1954, he broadcasted baseball games in Columbus, OH and Rochester, NY. He is the father of eight children.

 
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