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Radio, TV Performer Averback Dies

October 21, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Hy Averback, a onetime announcer for Bob Hope and Jack Paar who was a producer-director on ``M-A-S-H,″ ``F Troop″ and many other television shows, has died. He was 76.

Averback, who also had many acting credits in the golden years of radio and television, died Oct. 14 following heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

He appeared in films including ``The Benny Goodman Story″ and ``How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.″ In television, he was a regular on ``Tonight″ and ``Our Miss Brooks.″

Probably his most distinctive character was Tokyo Mose, a tongue-in-cheek answer to Japan’s Tokyo Rose during World War II. Over the self-styled Mosquito Network, Averback broadcast to U.S. soldiers during the war from Guadalcanal. The show was among his proudest accomplishments, said his wife, Dorothy.

Averback worked for Paar and Hope on NBC Radio. In the 1950s, he moved into television, producing or directing segments of ``Meet Corliss Archer,″ ``The Gertrude Berg Show,″ ``The Dick Powell Show,″ ``The Flying Nun,″ ``McCloud″ and many other series.

He also did pilot shows for Jimmy Durante, helped launch ``The Love Boat″ and did specials for Don Rickles and many episodes of ``The Donna Reed Show.″ He most recently appeared in the documentary ``Jack Paar: As I Was Saying.″

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, a daughter, a sister and a grandson.