John McCormick, Legacy HOF Inductee
became known in St. Louis as "The Man Who Walks and Talks at Midnight."
overnight program on KMOX
was a throwback to radio's earlier days, when deep-voiced announcers steeped in knowledge and personality held forth on the nation's powerhouse stations.
McCormick began his work at KMOX in 1958, having already established himself as a radio personality at Chicago's WGN and WBBM and stations in New Orleans and Los Angeles.
held forth on the KMOX
overnight shift for 31 years, with listeners awaiting his
familiar clichés, like his
sign-off at the end of each morning's show: "And now, the night has separated from the day."
Like many KMOX personalities, McCormick
stayed on the air past the usual retirement age of 65, finally hanging it up at 75.