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Covington in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Famous Television Pioneer

 
 
Famous Television Pioneer Marker [Front] image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 26, 2022
1. Famous Television Pioneer Marker [Front]
Inscription.  
1911 birthplace of Durward Kirby. Spent childhood days on Greenup St. Attended St. Benedict School. Moved to nearby Ft. Thomas during adolescence. Later became nationally known broadcaster. Started at WLW radio where he reported news about 1937 Ohio River flood. Also host of big-band broadcasts from area nightclubs like the Lookout House.

Durward Kirby was most notably known as sidekick on TV's Garry Moore Show in the 1950s/60s and later on Candid Camera in 1960s. Also remembered as a high-profile national broadcast advertisement announcer. Received several awards for his many broadcast achievements including Greater Cincinnati Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Died in 2000.
 
Erected 2008 by Kentucky Historical Society; Kentucky Department of Highways; presented by the City of Covington. (Marker Number 2260.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
 
Location. 39° 4.149′ N, 84° 30.209′ 
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W. Marker is in Covington, Kentucky, in Kenton County. Marker is on Greenup Street (Kentucky Route 17) north of East 19th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1815 Greenup St, Covington KY 41014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Austinburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia Apartments (approx. ¼ mile away); Frank L. Michaels House (approx. ¼ mile away); Michaels House (approx. ¼ mile away); Wallace-Boyd House (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Longwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Hollingsworth House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elizabeth Grossmann House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
 
Famous Television Pioneer Marker [Back] image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 26, 2022
2. Famous Television Pioneer Marker [Back]
Famous Television Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 26, 2022
3. Famous Television Pioneer Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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