October 21, 2014
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Harry Birrell, who for more than three decades read the news to Southern Californians on KNX radio, has died.
The station announced on its website that Birrell died Sunday in Thousand Oaks at age 85.
Son Walker Birrell tells the Los Angeles Times that Birrell died at home of complications from lung disease.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Birrell joined KNX in 1968, the same year the station switched to an all-news format.
He was an anchor until 1993 then became the station's Ventura County correspondent.
He won several Golden Mike awards from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California before his 1999 retirement.
KNX business Editor Frank Mottek calls Birrell "an impeccable broadcaster" and "a truly fine gentleman."
Funeral plans have not been announced.
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