DETROIT (AP) _ Byron MacGregor, a veteran TV and radio journalist whose pro-U.S. recording ``The Americans'' got wide air play in the 1970s, died Tuesday of pneumonia. He was 46.

A native of Alberta, Canada, MacGregor began his radio career at CJGX in Yorktown, Saskatchewan, while still in high school. He worked at several stations in Canada, including a stint as news director and morning anchor at CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, before coming to the United States.

He spent 13 years as an anchor at WWJ-AM in Detroit and also was news anchor at WKBD-TV in Southfield and news director and morning anchor for WLLZ-FM and WCSX-FM.

His 1974 recording, ``The Americans,'' was a patriotic narrative in which he, as a Canadian, paid tribute to what he said was right with this country. It was released again in 1991 during the Gulf War.

MacGregor is survived by his wife, Jo-Jo; mother, Murdena; sister, Leilani; and brother, Hudson.