John Hundley

John Walker Hundley (born July 4, 1899, Hightstown, New Jersey – died April 17, 1990, New York City) was an American musical comedy actor, singer, and, later, a CBS television executive. Hundley was the namesake of his grandfather, the Reverend John Walker Hundley (1841–1914), a well known Baptist Minister in Virginia. His father, H. Rhodes Hundley, was dean of Doane Academy at Denison University from 1900-1927.

On the Broadway stage, Hundley performed in musical comedies in the 1920s and 1930s. In Spring Is Here (1929, score by Rodgers and Hart), he introduced the well known tune "With a Song in My Heart". Hundley joined CBS Television in 1938. He rose from network announcer to various executive positions in programming and sales, including a stint as editor of "program practices", i.e., program censorship: in the era of live television, he would screen certain performers for sobriety and verify that necklines of women's dresses conformed to CBS standards.[1]



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