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Jack S. Budnick

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Jack S. BUDNICK Jack Budnick, an early pioneer of Seattle radio, passed away February 17, 2008. Jack was known in the broadcasting field as "Jack Bradley". Jack was born January 13, 1920 in Welch, WV to Harry & Anna Budnick. Jack graduated from West Virginia University & Marshall University with degrees in English & Music. He also had a teaching degree from Burdett Teacher's College. During WWII Jack enlisted in the Navy and served as a Chief Yeoman and broadcaster. He announced the first broadcast for the Navy from Norfolk VA. In 1944 while Jack was stationed in San Francisco he met Elsie Ruhl. They were soon married and shared 37 wonderful years together. When the war ended Jack became the Sports Director for WSAZ in Huntington, WV. He was known as the "Voice" of Marshall University for 10 years. He moved up to the national networks, working for ABC and CBS, covering events from the Sugar Bowl to boxing in Madison Square Garden. Jack loved the sport of Boxing and broadcast the famous Pabst Blue Ribbon fights from the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Fights included the names of Marciano, Robinson and Louis. In 1955 Jack relocated to Seattle where he worked for Radio Station KJR as Program Director; he also announced Husky Football. Jack later became the News Director for Radio Station KOL. In the late 1960's Jack opened Jack Bradley Advertising in Bellevue. In 1990 he retired to spend time traveling and golfing. Jack is survived by two daughters, Jan (Kurt) Wojke of Kirkland and Ann (Victor) Urvina of LaConnor; and a grandson, James (Katie) Wojke of Olympia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie. A Celebration of Jack's Life will be held Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Valley Funeral Chapel in North Bend. Graveside Services will be held Monday February 25 at 1:00 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2008
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