Bob Horn (broadcaster)

Bob Horn (Broadcaster)

Bob Horn (broadcaster)

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Bob Horn (born Donald Loyd Horn in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania on February 20, 1916-July 31, 1966) was a radio and television personality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for being the original host of Bandstand, which later became American Bandstand.

He didn't like the name Donald, and would change his name twice. Some academic records from his youth showed that he appended an 'e' to his surname for a while, and replaced his first name with "Robert". Horn also changed his name after landing a DJ job on KILT in Houston to Bob Adams.


In the late 40s Horn was hired by Jack Steck, Program Manager for Philadelphia's WFIL radio stations, to be a daytime announcer and late night DJ for Walter Annenberg's Triangle Publications' WFIL-AM.

After several years in Philadelphia (and a brief stint in L.A.), Horn had a very popular show as a DJ on WIP called C'mon and Dance. Since he wanted to be on TV, WFIL was able to woo Horn away to create a daytime radio show, Bob Horn's Bandstand, and a TV version of Bandstand.Scott Bruce, It Happened in Philadelphia. Globe Pequot, 2008, p.87. ISBN 0762739894 It premiered on WFIL-TV Channel 6 in late September 1952 as a replacement for a weekday movie show. Originally, Bandstand mainly showed short musical films (the ancestors of music videos) with occasional studio guests.<ref...
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