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Radio Played Its Part in LaFontaine’s Career

Famous movie-trailer voice actor died this week.

Like so many other superstars in various media, Don LaFontaine had an early radio connection.

When he died this week at 68, his passing was noted widely thanks to his fame as the most familiar voice on movie trailers. But he was doing radio work when he inched into that field.

He learned to be a recording engineer in the Army. In the early 1960s, according to the Washington Post, he landed a job in New York with National Recording Studios, where he worked with radio producer Floyd L. Peterson, who was perfecting radio spots for movies.

“Until then, movie studios primarily relied on print advertising or studio-made theatrical trailers,” it reported. “The two men became business partners and, together, perfected the familiar format.”

The obit is here.