Monday, February 7, 2011

Long Time Radio Newsman Jack Popejoy nicknamed "Mr. Earthquake" dies at 63

Jack Popejoy, KFWB / KNX Radio on Jan. 22, 2011
at RTNA Golden Mike Awards event. He died Sunday.

SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — Longtime CBS Radio news anchor, reporter and journalist Jack Popejoy died of complications from cancer Sunday at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 63.
Popejoy anchored the morning news program on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO along with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore since February 2009. He continued to work on-air until late January. From 1986 – 2009 he worked at sister station KFWB, where he served as the morning news anchor since 2000.

By George S. Mc Quade III

When I lost my house in the Jan. 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, I became more acquainted with Jack Popejoy, not only as a newsman at KFWB, later KNX Radio, but as an avid listener. I covered earthquakes when I worked for NBC Mutual News, AP Radio and UPI Radio networks, but there's nothing like having Jack Popejoy remind us how to prepare, what to do and how to save yourself.
The last time I saw Jack Popejoy was at the Radio TV News Associations (RTNA) Golden Mike Awards program last month

I only snapped one photo, and never thought it would be the last time I saw him. He was an amazing newsman, could read copy cold during such breaking news as the Rodney King officiers beating trial to horrific events in Los Angeles Riots. Whenever an earthquake struck anywhere in the world, Jack could talk about them as it happened in our backyard, scientifically and in layman's terms. Even when I worked as media relations manager at The Gas Company Jack Popejoy was the go to guy to get the word out on the Northridge Earthquake, damage and aftershocks.
Several organizations he belong to have issued statements and his colleagues, coworkers, friends and family are all in mourning, including myself. Can someone please push the "Stop Good guys from dying" button. This makes three friends I have lost since December, and the second Jack, too.

Statement from the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Regarding the Death of Jack Popejoy:

      The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the loss of CBS Radio news anchor Jack Popejoy who has died at the age of 63 following a struggle with cancer.  

        Until just a few weeks ago, Popejoy graced the airwaves anchoring the morning news on KNX 1070 Newsradio. From 1986 to 2009, he anchored the news on KFWB. His illustrious career, starting in the 1960s, included reporting and anchoring the news at KCOP-TV and KZLA-FM. He was known to radio listeners for his outstanding expertise on Southern California earthquakes and the nation’s space program.
        Popejoy was a highly respected and honored broadcast journalist. His numerous awards included recognition by SPJ/LA as Journalist of the Year in 1998. Last month, he received Best Newscast honors from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. We honor the memory of one of L.A.’s most distinguished broadcast journalists and extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. 

      The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.
 Contact: Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA, (818) 317-2234,