John Doremus

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John Doremus (August 3, 1931 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma – July 6, 1995 in Naperville, Illinois) was an American radio personality, best known for his radio syndication of The Passing Parade, a series of short stories of remarkable but relatively unknown episodes throughout history. In the late 1950s he acquired the rights to the series, which until then had been a television series, and syndicated it for radio. The stories chronicled such diverse topics as the first white man to discover the mountain gorilla to the espionage and intrigue during wartime. During the mid-1960s he produced Patterns in Music for WMAQ in Chicago.[1] Original recordings of Patterns in Music were being aired by KNXR (FM 97.5 MHz), in Rochester, Minnesota until January 31, 2015, when the station was sold and the station's format was changed.[2] As of January 2017 the former station owner continues his easy listening music format as a Internet-only stream found at which includes the Monday through Friday 3 hour segment of Patterns in Music between 7 to 10 pm Central Time Zone (UTC-6)

In 1964, his company pioneered the idea of in-flight music for airlines.[3]

In 1956 and 1957 he was an announcer for Oklahoma Sooners football.[4] He provided the voice-over for the NFL Films highlight package of Super Bowl XXI[citation needed] and the digitally recorded voice of the titular villain in the 1982 twitch video game Sinistar.


  1. ^ "'America's greatest voice': John Doremus of Sapulpa", Tulsa Radio Memories.
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  3. ^ "Top 5: Behind the Mike", The Hits Just Keep On Comin', May 11, 2007.
  4. ^ "OU football: Radio voices chronicled". The Oklahoman. August 4, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2015.