Ford Bond

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Ford Bond
David Ford Bond

(1904-10-23)October 23, 1904
DiedAugust 15, 1962(1962-08-15) (aged 57)
ShowKraft Music Hall
CountryUnited States

David Ford Bond (October 23, 1904 – August 15, 1962)[1] was an American radio personality.

He was the announcer for several popular radio shows in the 1930s and 1940s, earning him a spot on the This Is Your Life television show.

For his work on radio, Bond has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6706 Hollywood Blvd.[2]

Early years[edit]

Ford Bond was born in Louisville, Kentucky on October 23, 1904.[1]


Bond began working on radio at WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky, and joined NBC in 1928.[3]

For 20 years in the 1930s and 1940s, he was the announcer for several radio soap operas and other shows, including the advertising voice for a sponsor's product called Bab-O.[4][5] He was also a sports announcer for NBC radio in the 1930s, calling college football games as well as the 1934 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and 1934 World Series. He also served as radio consultant for Thomas E. Dewey during Dewey's 1948 campaign for president.[6]

For almost 30 years, Bond was the spokesman for Cities Service petroleum company, "the longest sponsor-announcer association in the history of radio."[7]

Later years[edit]

Bond retired from broadcasting in 1953 "to go into the building business in the Virgin Islands."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bond was married to Lois Bennett, a singer.[7]


Bond died at St. Croix, Virgin Islands on August 15, 1962.[1]


This is a partial list of Bond's appearances on radio and television.




  1. ^ a b c d e Bond, Ford. "The Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  2. ^ Bond, Ford. "Hollywood Walk of Fame Directory". Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  3. ^ Thomas, W.J. (November 20, 1932). "Ford Bond Would Like to Become Football Announcer". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 66. Retrieved December 27, 2015 – via open access
  4. ^ Sponsor Promotions Popular With Radio Listeners Part II
  5. ^ The Great Radio Soap Operas
  6. ^ "Our Respects To -- David Ford Bond" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 27, 1948. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. Pp. 35-36.
  8. ^ "Ford Bond, Radio Pioneer, Dies In Virgin Islands". The Evening Independent. August 16, 1962. p. 13-A. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Radio Archives: Premier Collections: Christmas - On The Air!, Volume 2". Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  10. ^ Goldin, J. David. "Fun At Breakfast". Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  11. ^ Hummert, Frank and Anne (2003-05-21). Radio Factory: The Programs and Personalities. ISBN 9780786416318. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  12. ^ Haendiges, Jerry. "Vintage Radio Logs". Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  13. ^ "Radio of Yesteryear - Easy Aces Volume One". Retrieved 2007-12-29.

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