PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Jack Bogut has been a fixture on Pittsburgh radio for 33 years and he will soon receive a major honor.
On Nov. 8, Bogut will be inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.
Bogut is right at home with a microphone and has been since his first job in Dylan, Mont. in 1958.
Now, he is the morning announcer at WJAC in Pittsburgh.
“If you stay around long enough and you don’t get into serious trouble, chances are you will have done something right,” Bogut said.
He’s done a lot of things right since KDKA Radio brought him to Pittsburgh 33 years ago.
He worked on the television side with “Evening Magazine” and visited places that fit his homespun personality.
A book and three CDs relate a handful of stories shared with listeners through the years.
“Radio used to be much more theater of the mind than it is now,” Bogut said.
None of his mental movies were really scripted. He’d just put on some music and tell stories until it was done.
“You make it up as you go along. When the music ends, you have to come up with some kind of an ending. A guy named Ken Jardine used to call this word jazz,” Bogut said.
Radio formats don’t leave much room for storytellers any more. But now and then, he’ll sneak one in.
“I was a guy who was lucky enough to find out what he should be doing and i got to do it,” Bogut said.