Updated 9/17 with arrangements – UTICA-ROME — NBC affiliate WKTV is reporting the death of retired local broadcaster Jack Fredericks, at the age of 84. Fredericks spent most of his long career at the TV station atop Smith Hill, but he broke into the business while he was still in high school, as an announcer for WIBX.
Soon after, the WKTV report says Fredericks put broadcasting on hold to serve as a bomber pilot during World War II — and picked up a job at WKAL when he returned home. At the time, WKAL was owned by the Kallet family, who brought Fredericks onto television when they started WKTV two years later. Fredericks served in many capacities, including host of “The Outdoor Sportsman Show.” He retired in the early 1990s.
According to The History of Utica AM Radio, Fredericks was actually born Jack Hagopian, but changed his name to Fredericks early in his career, before transferring to WKTV.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch has a longer review of Fredericks’ accomplishments, along with reaction from former colleagues. His column also says calling hours will be next Thursday, September 24, from 11am to 1pm at the New Hartford Presbyterian Church at 45 Genesee Street in the village [Google Map]. A memorial service will follow.
Our thanks to former Utica broadcaster Jerry Reed for pointing out the WKTV article about Jack. We’re always grateful for your radio-related news items from the region at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our convenient Contact Form.