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Jack Harris
American broadcaster

Jack Harris

Jack Harris
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American broadcaster
Is Television presenter Radio personality Sports commentator
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Journalism Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 September 1941, Logan, Logan County, West Virginia, USA
Age 80 years
Star sign Virgo
Residence Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Education
Davidson College
West Virginia University
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

William H Harris Jr., known as Jack Harris, is a local broadcast personality in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. He has been involved in radio, television, and sports broadcasts in that market since 1970.

Early life

Harris was born in Logan, West Virginia. His childhood was spent across West Virginia, Virginia, and in Japan, before returning to Logan. His career began at WVOW radio in Logan, followed by WAJR radio in Morgantown and two years of service in the U.S. Army. .

Career

A job offer brought Harris to WFLA radio in Tampa in 1970, taking on his radio name of Jack Harris. He left Tampa in 1974, becoming a morning DJ on WRC radio in Washington DC, then on sister-station WKYS, the first all-Disco station in America, returning to Tampa and WFLA in 1975. Harris' radio career kept him at WFLA for the next ten years, before co-hosting the "Q-Morning Zoo" on rival WRBQ, then returning to WFLA sister-station WFLZ, then "Power 93 - The Power Pig" in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has since left music radio, hosting the news/talk program "AM Tampa Bay" on WFLA with Tedd Webb since 1993. His television credits include hosting a show with then Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager John McKay on WTOG, hosting the afternoon program "Pulse Plus!" on WTVT between 1984 and 1989, hosting "NewsWatch 8 at Noon" and his own talk show "Harris and Company" on WFLA TV until 2000, restaurant reviewer on Bay News 9 in the early 2000s, an evening commentary on WFTS, and co-hosting "The Mayors Hour" with the sitting Tampa mayor on cable access, since 1996. In recent years, he has published a book of humorous essays titled Jack Harris Unwrapped and previously provided voice-over announcements at Tampa International Airport.

Harris' sports broadcasting has included radio play-by-play for the original broadcast team of the NFL's expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the South Florida Bulls college basketball, the Tampa Bay Rowdies NASL soccer team, the Tampa Bay Bandits USFL football team, the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League team, and the annual Outback Bowl; in addition to pre-game and half-time shows for the Buccaneers and promotions with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL.

He lives in South Tampa with his wife Joy, and has one son, Jackson, born on July 19, 1991.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 16 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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