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Past Toledo Television Personalities

Incomplete list in no particular order:

Gordon Ward (News), Frank Venner (News and Weather-in-the-Weather) , Jim Rudes (News), David Drury (Ch 13 Editorials), Jim Ubelhart (News) , Jerry Kiel (Sports), Don Edwards (News), John Saunders (News), Frank Gihooley (Sports), Jeff Heitz (News), Joe Ashton (Weather and Dialing for Dollars), Holly Wood (24 News), Orris Tabner (Sports), Bill Spencer (Uncle Ben), Brooks Morton (Mr. T), Jack Kesling (Mr. T), Johnny Ginger (For and About Women on ch. 24 and Glass City Marquee on W48AP), Bev Schwind and Sue Donner (Patches and Pockets), Bob Kelly (Skippy the Scarecrow).

Reader Comments (22)

Here are some past names for you, June Miller TV-13 NEWS, Nancy Riley, TV-13 WEATHER, Bill Harris TV-13 NEWS Jeannine Lauber TV-13 NEWS Merle Kachenmeister all
3 stations WEATHER, Charlie Umpenhour TOLEDO ELEVEN WEATHER, Amy Ashcroft, all 3 stations WEATHER, Amy Marsalis TOLEDO ELEVEN NEWS, WEATHER, Jill Olmstead TOLEDO ELEVEN NEWS, Sue Parcell, TOLEDO ELEVEN NEWS, Rebecca Fondessy, all 3 stations, NEWS, WEATHER., Elizabeth Mcguire, TOLEDO ELEVEN NEWS. That's all I can recall for the moment. Do you have any idea of current whereabouts on some of these ladies. Curious about June Miller, Jill Olmstead, the 2 Amys and Nancy Riley.


Donny G

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon Gabenski

Donny G,
Thanks for the other names. I googled some of the names but I couldn't find too much current information on most of them. Rebecca Fondessey had been doing voice-overs and commercials: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4508166391842991765. I think Amy Ashcroft was doing voice-overs too.

May 20, 2009 | Registered CommenterMike

Two other last names come to mind, both females, but the first names escape me: Quayle and Bloom. There was also a Bloomquist. And there was a male, Randy Price. Then there was Chase Clements (I think that last name is right), and Brad Fish.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRinky Dink

Thank you Mike for posting this! Brooks Morton mentioned in the article is my father. Im looking for any info i can find on him on Toledo television. Thanks again.

Brett Sweeney

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermike

If you have anything about your father (especially when he was at WTOL-TV) that you'd like posted on this site or If you'd like to write something about him, I'd really appreciate it! I can't seem to find anything on the web about Mr. "T." Just post another comment here if you'd like to contribute something.
P.S. If you search for Brooks Morton / Mr. T in the site's search box, you'll find a few ads here, too.

July 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterMike

Mike, My dad is Jack Kesling (only 1 "S") who was Mr.T at WTOL in the 1960's and hosted Bowling for Dollars on WDHO Ch.24 in 1971-72. He is still alive and well in the Toledo area.

John Kesling

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Kesling

Maybe you can help me. Was there more than one "Mr. T?"...your dad, and Brooks Morton? I'd love to get more information on this. Thanks, Mike.

May 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterMike

Yes there was more than one Mr. T. From about 1960 to 1964 Mr.T was played by someone else. (Not sure whom). Jack Kesling took over in 1964 till it went off the air in 1971. A while back WTOL did a "PM Magazine" story on Jack. I think the lady's name who did the story was Marta.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Kesling

Thanks for that info, John.

July 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterMike

I grew up in Toledo/Sylvania from 1968-1987 and remember a lot of those names. I went to Northview with Gordon Ward's daughter (I think her name was Molly, but can't remember for sure) and went to Arbor Hills Jr High with another kid whose mom, I believe, did the weather (this was around 1980 or so), but I can't remember either of their names. I also visited the downtown office of John Saunders after he retired from news casting to concentrate on writing. He wrote "Mary Worth" and "Steve Roper & Mike Nomad". I was absolutely obsessed with the Mike Nomad character and received several strips of original art from the late Mr. Saunders. His father Allen had written both strips since the 1930s.
I love reading nostalgic articles about Toledo, especially regarding the 1970s.

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim Markin

Tim, I don't know if you ever listened to Bob Kelly on the radio, but he used to read "Mary Worth" every morning on his show.

December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterMike

Rebecca fondasey lives in florida with husband and son. Not in very good health.

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpacecase

You've forgotten Lamont McLaughlin who was 6pm News anchor on channel 11 for quite awhile in the '70s. I was friends with his son Terry in 8th and 9th grade.

As for the fellow above who mentioned John Saunders writing Mary Worth, I'm pretty sure it was his brother Alan, at least initially. Perhaps they collaborated later.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRRBBKK

RRBBKK, If you search the site for Lamont McLoughlin you'll find many ads for him on TV and radio, as well as newspaper stories. Note the spelling!

March 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterMike

Hello, My name is Ron Orr. I'm the little kid that used to Tap Dance on the Mr. T show back the late 60's. Does anyone have any film or still pictures from those shows? I tried contacting Channel 11 but they said much of that film was not retained when the studio moved. Any leads will be greatly appreciated!


April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRon Orr

I recall a Toledo TV entertainer and newsman, Lloyd Thaxton, in the mid-1950s who worked with Barbara Krahl. Lloyd moved to California TV and became rich and famous, but I never heard what happened to Barbara. --Mike Elling, Sharon, Tennessee

March 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael M. Elling

Some friends and I were on a local TV dance show either in the late 50's or early 60's - I'm thinking it was on WTOL but can't remember. Several couples would dance to music played by Gary Miller as emcee along with Gordon Ward. Does anyone remember that show and any more details about it?

Does anyone remember my father's radio show? His name was Bill Leon. It was on in the late 1940's when he was a student at Woodward High School. It was a teen radio show. I'd love some additional information about that. By-the-way, he and "Mr. T.", Jack Kesling were in a band together called "The Four Keys" in the Toledo area. Dad was the "crooner" and uncle Jack played any and all instruments!

May 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterToni Leon Kovarik

Does anyone remember a children's show from the very late '60s that featured a clown and an attractive young woman (usually in a micro-mini skirt)? I was very little and just have these surreal memories of the dance portion of the show where the clown would usually dance with the woman while the kids also danced. It was all a little psychedelic and I definitely remember "Spinning Wheel" being played once.

It might have been a regional show, so it could have been based in Detroit, Chicago, etc. It was definitely not Bozo! I don't think it was Oopsy, but I'm not sure...

June 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGail

Sad to hear that Mr. T, Jack Kesling, died last month. Condolences to his family.

Toledo Blade Obituary

June 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGail

Holly Wood left Toledo and moved to Providence, RI. It appears that they asked here to go by her middle name to avoid confusion with the California city. Here is a brief bio from the station's webpage.

Patrice Wood has been delivering the news at NBC 10 for more than 30 years.

Starting at NBC 10 in 1980, she has been the recipient of numerous volunteer and professional awards, including the prestigious Silver Circle award from the New England Association of Television Arts and Sciences and the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.

Prior to joining NBC 10, Patrice was a news anchor/reporter for WDHO-TV in Toledo, Ohio. Patrice also held several news positions with WBGU-TV in Bowling Green, Ohio.

She held internships with the United States House of Representatives, Time Magazine, as well as the ABC-TV network in Kansas City, Missouri.

A native of Rockford, Ohio, Patrice received a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim Low

Let's not forget Salty the Clown played by Dick Beach. He went on to Boston television and played a similar clown but had to alter the character's appearance and name. Oh, and Captain Cotton played by Jerry Carr!

March 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKim D

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