- Disambiguation: For the cult leader see Vernon Wayne Howell.
|Born||Wayne Howell Chappelle
February 16, 1921
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||July 8, 1993
Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
Wayne Howell Chappelle (born February 16, 1921, Lexington, Kentucky; died July 8, 1993, Pompano Beach, Florida), known professionally as Wayne Howell, was a voice-over announcer for the NBC television and radio networks from 1947 through 1986. He was one member of a core group of New York-based announcers including Don Pardo, Bill Wendell, Jerry Damon, Arthur Gary, Vic Roby, Mel Brandt and Howard Reig who handled not only introducing and closing programs, but also teasers and promotions for the network's shows.
Howell's radio announcing credits included The Martin and Lewis Show, a 1950s version of The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, The NBC Radio Theatre, and Monitor. Among the television programs he announced on were Broadway Open House, Music Bingo, Dotto, Say When!!, Match Game, Concentration, Missing Links and Jackpot!. From 1966 to 1985, he was announcer for the Miss America Pageant. Howell presumably provided voice-overs for numerous other NBC programs during his tenure, often as a substitute for the show's regular announcer.
Among his many assignments for NBC, Howell also appeared regularly as a personality on NBC's New York flagship radio station, WNBC (AM), from the 1940s through the mid-1960s.
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