Al Ross, Former Broadcaster for Voice of America, Dead at 71
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Al Ross, a former broadcaster for Voice of America and host of radio and television programs in the nation’s capital, died Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 71.
Ross joined VOA in 1971 and worked at the station until December, when he retired for health reasons.
He began his radio and television career in Washington in 1955 when he joined WRC radio, the NBC-owned station. He hosted the station’s ″Timekeeper″ program that featured music, news and weather.
He also appeared on WRC television and at one time hosted a variety show. He left the station in 1971 when it changed its musical format.
A native of Danville, Va., Ross worked for WBTM there and the Southern Broadcasting System. He also worked for WAIR radio in Winston-Salem, N.C. and WBAL radio in Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, and a son, Alan.