John Reed King

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King at right with a contestant on the television game show There's One In Every Family, 1952.

John Reed King (October 25, 1914, Wilmington, Delaware – July 8, 1979, Woodstown, New Jersey) was a famous radio and television game show host who hosted numerous game shows during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.[1] He was married to Jean Abbot King and had three children, Joanne King, Julianne King, and John Reed King Jr.


He had one of the top-rated radio shows of the 1930s in New York City with Missus Goes A-Shopping. On August 1, 1944, he hosted the live television version of Missus Goes A-Shopping, and on January 29, 1946, he hosted the television version of It's a Gift, making these among the first television quiz shows ever aired, after CBS Television Quiz (1941-1942).

He worked at KDKA radio and television in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1960s. He was a morning news anchor for the radio station, and hosted a daily talk show on television. In 1970, he was a news anchor at KGO-TV, the ABC owned-and-operated television station in San Francisco, California.

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Television Shows, Host[edit]


  • John Reed King's Quiz and Game Book (1949)


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