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John A. Hurst U.S. Navy WWII
John A. Hurst U.S. Navy WWII


 
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Date of Birth: 9/7/1924
Died On: 10/16/1993 Last Residence: 30080 Smyrna, Cobb, Georgia
Street Address: 325 Forest Avenue
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy-WWII

Veteran Code: USN-115


BIOGRAPHY
 
John A. Hurst was born in New York in 1924. In Rye his family lived at 325 Forest Avenue. John was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1942. He enlisted in 1942 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

GM US NAVY WORLD WAR II Service Start Date: 14 Nov 1942

John A. Hurst Featured Radio Announcer

The funeral for John A. "Jack" Hurst of Smyrna, a retired radio announcer and a Navy veteran of World War II, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Car-michael Funeral Home, with burial at Marietta National Cemetery. Mr. Hurst, 69, died of heart failure Saturday at Austell Health Care Center. He was the announcer for Georgia Tech football from 1959 through 1965, and was the voice of the Atlanta Falcons from 1966 through 1975.At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, Jody Purtee Hurst; a son, John B. Hurst of Tucker; two daughters, Jill Jones of Powder Springs and Janet H. Welch of Smyrna; and seven grandchildren. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/73035990/obituary...

For 32 years, the voice of Jack Hurst graced the airwaves of Georgia radio and is best remembered for his signature signoff, "Keep Your Eye on the Ball". Hurst was born in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating from high school in 1942 he joined the Navy and served during World War II. Upon his discharge, he entered Ithaca College, earned degrees in physical education and commercial broadcasting.

In 1950, Hurst landed his first radio job at WKBS in Oyster Bay, Long Island. After stops in Huntington, West Virginia, and Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was sports director and called 18 football games and 70 basketball games every season. Next, Hurst became the news and sports director at WLEE in Richmond and play by play announcer for VMI football. He also contributed regularly to NBC radio’s legendary weekend news magazine, Monitor.

In 1959, Hurst came to Atlanta as play-by-play announcer for Georgia Tech football and news director at WGST. For the next five years, he shared the booth with 2009 GRHoF Legacy inductee Al Ciraldo. In 1966 with the arrival of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons franchises, Jack was selected to become the first Voice of the Falcons, joining WQXI radio. For 10 years, he called every Falcon game working with color sidekicks Bud Erickson, Alex Hawkins, Jimmy Orr and Billy Lothridge.

After the Falcons tenure at WQXI ended in 1975, Hurst moved to WFOM radio in Smyrna. As sports director, he called local high school football and basketball games. In 1983, Marietta's WYNX hired Hurst to be sports director and continued calling Cobb County high school football and basketball games until his retirement in 1991.

Rye High School Graduate, class of 1942

ohn A. Hurst teUred radio announcer The funeral for John A. "Jack" Hurst of Smyrna, a retired radio announcer and a Navy veteran of World War II, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Car-michael Funeral Home, with burial at Marietta National Cemetery. Mr. Hurst, 69, died of heart failure Saturday at Austell Health Care Center. He was the announcer for Georgia Tech football from 1959 through 1965, and was the voice of the Atlanta Falcons from 1966 through 1975. Surviving are his wife, Jody Purtee Hurst; a son, John B. Hurst of Tucker; two daughters, Jill Jones of Powder Springs and Janet H. Welch of Smyrna; and seven grandchildren. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/73035990/obituary-for-john-a-hurst-aged-69/

For 32 years, the voice of Jack Hurst graced the airwaves of Georgia radio and is best remembered for his signature signoff, "Keep Your Eye on the Ball". Hurst was born in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating from high school in 1942 he joined the Navy and served during World War II. Upon his discharge, he entered Ithaca College, earned degrees in physical education and commercial broadcasting. In 1950, Hurst landed his first radio job at WKBS in Oyster Bay, Long Island. After stops in Huntington, West Virginia, and Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was sports director and called 18 football games and 70 basketball games every season. Next, Hurst became the news and sports director at WLEE in Richmond and play by play announcer for VMI football. He also contributed regularly to NBC radio's legendary weekend news magazine, Monitor. In 1959, Hurst came to Atlanta as play-by-play announcer for Georgia Tech football and news director at WGST. For the next five years, he shared the booth with 2009 GRHoF Legacy inductee Al Ciraldo. In 1966 with the arrival of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons franchises, Jack was selected to become the first Voice of the Falcons, joining WQXI radio. For 10 years, he called every Falcon game working with color sidekicks Bud Erickson, Alex Hawkins, Jimmy Orr and Billy Lothridge. After the Falcons tenure at WQXI ended in 1975, Hurst moved to WFOM radio in Smyrna. As sports director, he called local high school football and basketball games. In 1983, Marietta's WYNX hired Hurst to be sports director and continued calling Cobb County high school football and basketball games until his retirement in 1991.
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