Radio Broadcaster (1917 - 2005)

James H. "Jack" Logan, 88, a former chief of the Africa division for the Voice of America radio service, died July 23 at Renaissance Gardens nursing facility at Greenspring Village in Springfield. The cause of death was vascular disease.

Mr. Logan, a Washington resident, was born in Staunton, Va. He got his start in radio at age 16, shortly after graduating from high school in 1932. His first job was at radio station WEHC in Charlottesville. In 1935, he joined WJAS in Pittsburgh, where he worked as an announcer, writer and producer.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and was involved with public relations and recruiting before becoming a combat correspondent in the Pacific during World War II. After his discharge in 1945, he joined WMAL in Washington as manager of operations.

He joined Voice of America in 1956 as an executive producer. In 1957, he became chief of the Africa division and was responsible for direct shortwave broadcasts to African countries in English, French, Arabic and Swahili. He also recorded programs in those languages for placement throughout Africa and traveled throughout the continent. He retired in 1978.

In retirement, he produced "Traveler's Notebook," a daily syndicated radio program of travel tips, vacation advice and leisure-time information. He worked independently as a consultant for commercial radio stations and as a narrator and announcer for trade associations and public institutions. He also narrated audiotaped books for the visually impaired.

He was a member of the National Press Club and the U.S. Information Agency Alumni Association and was an amateur photographer. He and his wife, Vivian Logan, also traveled widely in Europe and Africa. She died in 2003.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Source: Washington Post. Friday, July 29, 2005; Page B05. Online at here

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