Jack Raymond (radio host)

Jack Raymond (April 23, 1914 – January 30, 1975)[1] was an American radio host who was active from the late 1930s until his death in 1975.

Jack Raymond
John Thomas Francis Raymond Besendorfer

(1914-04-23)April 23, 1914
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
DiedJanuary 30, 1975(1975-01-30) (aged 60)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
OccupationRadio personality
Years active1940s–1975

As a young man, Raymond briefly attended seminary. At one point, he was engaged to four different women at the same time.[2]

During his career in broadcasting, Raymond's most popular shows were "Worth Listening To" (1943-1955 on WISN) and "The Jack Raymond Show" (1957-1975 on fifty stations across the United States).[3] Raymond was also the news commentator for "News of the World" and a narrator on "Family Theater." During his career he worked at many Milwaukee radio stations including WISN, WFOX, WEMP, WRIT, and WYLO. In the 1930s he also worked at WGN in Chicago and WIBU.[4][5]

Raymond died in 1975 from a heart attack. The Jack Raymond Show currently airs at noon and from 11:00-midnight on WCFW and has gained a resurgence in popularity and a cult following.[6] Raymond was the subject of a documentary titled Silently Steal Away[7] which premiered at the Eaux Claires Festival and Wisconsin Film Festival.[8]


  1. ^ U.S. Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
  2. ^ Paulseth, Katie Vagnino, photos by Andrea. "Where FM Means Fine Music". volumeone.org. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  3. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1943-07-17). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  4. ^ "Milwaukee Radio Personalities | Milwaukee Area Radio Enthusiasts (MARE)". www.mareotr.org. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  5. ^ "WEMP First Wisc 24-Hour Station". The Billboard. July 17, 1943.
  6. ^ "5 Questions: 'Silently Steal Away's' Andrew Swant - LakeFrontRow". LakeFrontRow. 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  7. ^ Swant, Andrew (2017-03-30), Silently Steal Away, Justin Vernon, Mark Borchardt, David Nordstrom, retrieved 2018-04-15
  8. ^ "Preview: Wisconsin Film Festival 2017". WPT BLOG. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2018-04-15.