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Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) is a long-time American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for his role as co-host of the NBC News program Today from 1962 to 1971, host of the Concentration game show from 1958 to 1969, and anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20 from 1978 to 1999. In addition, he's served as announcer/sidekick for Tonight Starring Jack Paar, host of the PBS talk show Over Easy, and co-host of the syndicated talk show Not for Women Only.

Hugh Downs was born on St. Valentine's Day in the year 1921 in Akron, Ohio, to Milton Howard and Edith H. Downs. He was educated at Lima Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio; Bluffton College, a Mennonite school in Bluffton, Ohio; and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, during the period 1938 to 1941. He worked as a radio announcer and program director at WLOK in Lima, Ohio, after his first year of college. In 1940 he moved on to WWJ in Detroit. Downs served briefly in the U.S. Army in 1943 and then joined the NBC radio network at WMAQ as an announcer in Chicago, Illinois, where he lived until 1954. He married a coworker, Ruth Shaheen in 1944, 3 days after his 23rd birthday. He also attended Columbia University in New York City during 1955a??56.
Downs made his first television news broadcast in September 1945 from the still experimental studio of WBKB-TV (now WBBM-TV), a station then owned by the Balaban and Katz theater subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. He became a TV regular, announcing for Hawkins Falls in 1950, the first successful television soap opera, which was sponsored by Lever Brothers Surf detergent. He also announced the Burr Tillstrom children's show Kukla, Fran and Ollie from the NBC studios at Chicago's Merchandise Mart after the network picked up the program from WBKB. In March 1954, Downs moved to New York to accept a position as announcer for Pat Weaver's The Home Show starring Arl

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Meanwhile, Sue Riga (Toni Gilman) tore into Mitch Fredericks (Jim Bannon). Hugh Downs was the announcer for the show at this time. 1975: On Ryan's Hope, Delia Ryan (Ilene Kristen) accused Jillian Coleridge (Nancy Addison) of using the campaign to keep ...
Posted: October 22, 2016, 6:38 am

"Today" Brings Together Present and Past Anchors to Celebrate 60th Birthday

Hugh Downs, age 90, who hosted the show from 1962 to 1971, headed up the gathering, which also included Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Jim Hartz, Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Willard Scott, Deborah Norville, Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Kathie Lee Gifford ...
Posted: January 13, 2012, 7:59 am

‘The Bachelor’ Winner Lauren Bushnell Reveals Surprising Celebrity Crush

Keith Morrison and Stone Phillips were two of my favorite news magazine anchors (although both pale in comparison to the mighty Hugh Downs), so it’s not like this is necessarily crazy. That said, I wonder how Lauren feels about Bill Hader’s impression:
Posted: October 12, 2016, 8:17 am
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