Hugh R. Wanke, 85, radio, TV broadcaster


Hugh R. Wanke, a retired broadcaster and commercial voice-over artist, died of cancer Sunday at his Mays Chapel home. He was 85.

Mr. Wanke was born in Baltimore and raised in Canton and Northeast Baltimore. He was a 1937 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Baltimore in 1941.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces during World War II, attaining the rank of captain and serving as a cameraman in the Pacific.

After returning to Baltimore, he worked during the late 1940s as an announcer and sportscaster for WITH-AM, and from 1951 to 1956 as an announcer for WCAO-AM.

In 1957, he took a job as an announcer on WWJ-AM radio in Detroit, and later was a sports reporter on WWJ-TV.

He returned to Cockeysville in 1970. Mr. Wanke had worked for the last 32 years as a freelance voice-over specialist and also managed several advertising accounts.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Margaret T. Schobel; two sons, H. Robert Wanke Jr. of Concord, N.C., and Craig T. Wanke of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Leslie A. Layman of Owings Mills; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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