John Harlan (announcer)

John Harlan at Fresno State University, c. 1948

John Henry Harlan (born December 21, 1925, in Sonoma County, California) is an American television announcer who has worked on numerous television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety shows.

Perhaps his best-known work was for the Bob Hope specials aired on NBC during the 1960s through the 1990s. Among game show fanciers, his most memorable outings were the versions of Name That Tune produced between 1974 and 1985.

Harlan attended California State University, Fresno, graduating in 1948. He served as class president for the fall term. At school he was friends with Wendell Bell, serving as his best man at his 1947 wedding.[1]

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Harlan is now semi-retired, working only on occasional TV specials. He also was president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.


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Preceded by
Don Pardo
Announcer on Jeopardy!
Succeeded by
Johnny Gilbert

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