Mostly Credited As: Scott Vincent
Scott Vincent (December 23, 1922 – May 31, 1979) was an American radio and television announcer and news anchor.
Scott Vincent was a staff announcer for nearly 25 years at ABC's flagship owned-and-operated station WABC-TV in New York. His first assignments were for WABC Radio in 1955, including "The Scott Vincent Show," "Scott's Tour," Scott Vincent News." In 1957, Vincent was show announcer for "The Merv Griffin Show" broadcast live from the Elysee Theater in New York as part of the "Live and Lively" campaign for the, then, newly formed American Broadcasting Network. He was also interviewer and narrator for "New Sounds for You" another ABN network program. Vincent's credits in 1958 include "The Constance Bennett Show" and "America's Town Meeting of the Air". In 1961, he hosted "Pilgrimage: The American Scene," an ecumenical series sponsored by the National Council of Churches on ABC Radio, designed to showcase American heritage in songs and music, past and present.
While continuing to do programs and news for ABC Radio, local and network, Scott Vincent pursued work in television. In 1957, he was the off-screen announcer in the style of Frank Galop for the classic "Shock Theater" package of 52 horror movies from Universal Studios on WABC-TV. Then, in 1958, WABC tapped Vincent for their first early and late evening newscasts, "Report to New York." His colleagues included Lyn Dollar and Penny Wright (Regina Dombek) with the weather, and Howard Cosell with sports. Telly Savalas was one of the original directors of these programs. Ratings were consistently strong for "Report to New York," and Vincent continued his anchoring duties at the station through 1966. He hosted the critically acclaimed live one hour TV special "Youth: A Summer Crisis" for WABC in 1960. Variety wrote:
"On the whole this searching analysis was a creditable public service documentary of which WABC-TV may well be proud. Host-narrator Scott Vincent adeptly handled his chores..."
Vincent was also on-camera host for the series of public affairs documentaries for WABC-TV “Expedition New York” (1960 - 1961). He voiced "Directions" for WABC TV in 1965, and did ABC News on camera during the mid-sixties.
Scott Vincent's other credits for the ABC television network include “Music For A Summer’s Night” (1959) and “Music For A Spring Night” (1960). In 1962, he voiced a number of "Bell Telephone Hour" broadcasts for NBC, and was the show announcer for "The Jimmy Dean Show" on ABC. Scott Vincent could also be heard doing news inserts on Musicradio 77 WABC during Bruce Morrow and Charlie Greer's programs in the early to mid-sixties. Vincent's association with disk jockey "Cousin" Bruce Morrow continued on WABC TV for the 1966 special "It's a Mod Mod World," and "The Bruce Morrow Show" (1967), with Vincent as the show announcer.
For the very first Eyewitness News pilot news broadcast in 1968, Scott Vincent developed a unique and exciting announcing style for that broadcast that sometimes eclipsed the on-air talent that WABC hired for the program. When, for example, during the mid-1970s, WABC recruited Tom Ellis and Bill Bonds from other stations to co-anchor with Roger Grimsby, Newsday critic Marvin Kitman wrote:
"Neither Bonds nor Ellis is as exciting a voice as the announcer who tells us of things "STILL TO COME: Tex with the Weather...Anna with the Hustle..." That voice should become an anchorman one day."
WABC used Scott Vincent's ability to generate excitement and sustain viewership with "The 4:30 Movie," the lead-in to "Eyewitness News." Vincent hosted The 4:30 Movie off camera, and he voiced promos for this program that ran on WABC day and night for over ten years. Vincent's exciting style consistently captured high ratings for The 4:30 Movie whether the theme for the week was Science Fiction or Romance, and provided a solid lead-in day after day to Eyewitness News. The signature style Scott Vincent created for Eyewitness News was eventually distributed on tape by management to all of ABC's owned-and-operated stations as the model for Eyewitness News show opens across the country. His voice so saturated and dominated the airwaves of that station during the 1970s that he became known as "The Voice of WABC."
Scott Vincent was a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. In 1946, he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Princeton University. Vincent died on May 31, 1979 in Bronxville, New York at age 56.