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TOM FIELD


Tom Field

(Source:  Cleveland Press)Born just south of Youngstown in Poland, Ohio, Field attended the University of Michigan and originally aimed for a career as a doctor...but realized he couldn't stand the sight of blood.  He then considered a legal career, later changing to musical theater.  After college he traveled to New York City to sell an original production called "All Expenses Paid", but barely scratched the surface of the highly competitive entertainment scene working as a night club piano player.  There was a brief stint as a typewriter salesman, but soon Field left for a radio position in Youngstown and eventually traveled north to WJR / Detroit where he wrote a popular radio soap opera.

 

Field started his Northeast Ohio career as program director at WHBC / Canton.  But he enjoyed the air work and by 1940 he was doing a daily newscast as the "Sohio Reporter". It was at the company's request that he changed his named to Tom Field.    Like others in "the greatest generation" Field joined the Army where he won acclaim for an original production titled "Call for the Quartermaster Corps".  The Baltimore Sun raved about the show calling it the best musical comedy since Irving Berlin's "This is the Army".   After the war Field took a position at Cleveland's WTAM, but television was on the horizon.  In 1948 he joined WNBK (later KYW and now WKYC) as Channel 3's first news anchor, but stayed on the radio side doing double duty at KYW as a staff announcer.  He also hosted Channel 3's nightly program  "Good News is a Good Night" and the Sunday public affairs program "The World is Yours".  A decade later, after a brief move to WRCV / Philadelphia, he returned to Cleveland's WEWS to anchor the 11 p.m. news and stayed there for another ten years.  In 1967 Field started doing double duty as the news voice of  WDBN-FM / Medina.  Field retired in February 1980 to live out his days at his family home in Mahoning County.

(Image Source:  Cleveland Press)

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