Longtime CBS Radio Los Angeles news anchor, reporter and journalist Jack Popejoy has succumbed to cancer. He was only 63.
Popejoy had anchored the morning news program on KNX-AM along with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore since February 2009. He continued to work on-air until late January.
From 1986 – 2009 he worked at sister station KFWB-AM, where he served as the morning news anchor since 2000.
Popejoy first worked in radio at WMEX-AM Boston and WPEN-AM Philadelphia. He went to Southern California in the early 70s and wrote jingles for commercials. In 1972 he was hired as a weekend DJ, then weekday announcer for KIIS-AM & FM, eventually becoming the program director. In 1976 he started as a newscaster at KPOL AM & FM. A year later, as the program director, he changed KPOL-FM’s call letters to KZLA.
Popejoy’s news career also included television in LA and San Francisco.
Popejoy was the producer/reporter for KFWB’s award-winning earthquake series “Shock of the Century,” “Safe at Home” and “Quake Quiz.” He wrote, produced and hosted the post-Katrina special “There but for the Grace of God…” and the 1994 KFWB / Disney video “The Great Quake Hazard Hunt.”