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Jerry G. Bishop

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Bishop, Jerry G. 08/03/1936 ~ 09/15/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Jerry G. Bishop came to KFMB-TV in August of 1978. He had been the Director of Corporate Affairs for the Easter Seal Society in Chicago and came out West to host "Sun Up San Diego," a live, variety/ talk show seen weekday mornings at 8 on channel 8. In December of 1980 he assumed the additional responsibility of local host of "The Baxters with Bishop," a national public affairs program with local audience segments. It aired weekly on channel 8. Before coming to San Diego, Jerry G. had already amassed an extensive background in broadcasting. In 1962, after working his way through Wright City College, University of Illinois and Columbia College as a folk singer-guitarist, he began his broadcasting career as a morning disc jockey. He worked in Evanston, Springfield and Rockford, Illinois and also did a stint in Washington, D.C. In 1963 Bishop moved to KYW, the Westinghouse station in Cleveland, as a night time radio d.j. His success and popularity at this job led to "Jerry G. & Co." his first regular television program. It premiered in 1964 on KYW-TV. Jerry G. was on KYW when the Beatles hit the American airwaves and he travelled with them on their 1965 and 1966 American tours. In 1967 he moved back to his home town of Chicago for an extended stay. He first worked as a radio personality at WCFL. In 1969 he moved over to WFLD-TV as news anchor, afternoon movie host and proprietor of a late night talk show. He also created the role of the popular movie host, "Svengoolie," hiding behind a green wig and beard. In 1972 he began working at WMAQ, the NBC owned and operated affiliate, as a comedy oriented morning personality. Sunday afternoons he hosted WMAQTV's "Chicago Camera," a 90 minute, live, variety/talk show. He also anchored the station's daily "Today in Chicago" part of NBC's "Today" show. Jerry G. Bishop distinguished himself as a top personality in the broadcast industry. He won the coveted National Press Club Award and two Emmy Awards as "San Diego's Leading Television Performer." As Director of Corporate Affairs for The National Easter Seal Society in Chicago, he was responsible for raising over four and one-half million dollars for the nation's handicapped. He sums up his talk show philosophy simply: "To be really successful doing a show like Sun Up San Diego, there has to be a total and personal involvement with the city and its people. My job is to make them happy, make them think and help them feel. " He was a popular speaker and Master of Ceremonies for dinners and functions in the San Diego area. He was inducted into the Radio Television Broadcasters Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on September 26, 2004. For the past 33 years Jerry G., his wife Liz, daughter Melissa, and son Christopher own and operate the Greek Islands Cafe and Asaggio in Seaport Village. Private services have been held. Memorial service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a .

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 18, 2013
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