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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 April 1916Uvalde, Texas, USA
Date of Death 4 August 2004Claremont, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameHunter Dunagan Hancock
Nickname Ol' H.H.

Mini Bio (1)

Hunter Hancock was a disc jockey generally regarded as the first DJ in the western U.S. to play R&B to a mostly white audience (in the mid-1940s), and is also generally credited with being the first DJ to play rock 'n' roll in the area in the early 1950s (most L.A. DJs of the time wouldn't touch it). In 1950 the Arbitron radio ratings system called Hunter's show the #1 program among black listeners in southern California, and the black-owned newspaper The Los Angeles Sentinel said that Hunter was the most popular DJ in L.A. among blacks--and Arbitron and the Sentinel were both astounded to discover that Hunter was white. He entered the radio field in San Antonio, Texas, soon took a broadcasting job in Laredo, then moved to Los Angeles and got a job with a radio station as a weekend announcer. A local clothing store chain that catered specifically to blacks bought air time, and Hancock was hired to host the show. He parlayed that into a career that saw him become the most popular DJ in Los Angeles for years.

In his later years, however, he ran into some trouble. In 1961 he was convicted of failing to declare more than $10,000 on his income tax return, given a hefty fine and probation.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Hancock (1958 - 1999) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (8)

Disc jockey on several California radio stations, 1943-1968.
Children: daughters Rosemary and Victoria; son Myron.
Heard on Los Angeles radio from 1943-1968.
Legendary disc jockey regarded as the first in the Western United States to spin rhythm and blues records and among the first to broadcast rock and roll.
Was widely regarded to be one of the first radio disc jockeys in the western United States to play rhythm and blues records and rock 'n' roll.
Was known on the air as "Ol' H.H." and was heard from 1943-1968 on a number of popular radio shows, including "Harlem Holiday," "Harlematinee," "Huntin' With Hunter" and the gospel show "Songs of Soul and Spirit."
For several years, Hancock's shows were rated No. 1 among black listeners in Southern California, and in 1950, the Los Angeles Sentinel rated Hancock the most popular DJ in Los Angeles among blacks. As a result, his concertgoers were often surprised to discover he was white.
Hancock tried nearly two dozen careers, including salesman, bank clerk, chauffeur, drummer and singer, before landing in radio when KMAC-AM in San Antonio hired him to read commercials and news copy. He played jazz and R&B records on a Los Angeles radio show that had been created to attract black listeners, at a time when no other disc jockey was doing so. In 1956, he became one of the first disc jockeys to play rock 'n' roll.

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