Jack Popejoy dead at 63


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.”