Jack Fisher

Jack

Jack Fisher grew up in a tough neighborhood in Wilmington, DE and decided as a teenager that if he knew how to dance, he could attract girls, make a name for himself, and use it to get a job as a radio or TV announcer. After teaching himself by watching other dancers on TV he landed a job as one on Philadelphia's Grady & Hurst TV show where he was known as “Irish Jack.” 

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This led to a job as one of the regulars on ABC's American Bandstand, a local show which had just gone national with host Dick Clark.  For four months Jack was seen across America every afternoon, dancing alongside Bandstand regulars such as Bob Clayton and Justine Carelli.  After Bandstand, Jack again worked for Grady & Hurst who were then doing a live TV show from Atlantic City's Steel Pier. 

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During this time, Jack met and befriended almost every big name in the music business including Bobby Darin, Fabian and Ricky Nelson.  Jack then pursued a career in radio and after full time radio jobs in Georgetown, DE and Portsmouth, OH, Jack ended up in Washington, DC at WEAM where, in early 1964, he was sent to help emcee America's first Beatles concert (Jack introduced Paul McCartney).  But Jack didn’t get along very well with WEAM owner Harry Averill and that fall Jack was fired.  Thinking at the time that it would be a temporary stop before returning to a major market, Jack took a job in Roanoke at WROV and ended up staying for over six years.  Jack arrived just in time for Fred Frelantz’s Wake-A-Thon and during it, developed a unique rapport with Fred that would culminate in their doing a two-man show on WROV in 1966.  Jack left WROV in 1970 for an advertising job at the Brand Edmunds Packett agency where he handled the McDonald’s account for all of Virginia.  He then worked for the Advance Auto Parts company and developed their “in-store” TV network which advertised products to customers from television sets in the stores.  Jack and Fred returned for a reprisal of their two-man show on WROV in 1981 and continued working with Fred until his death in 1986. 

Jack continued showing up on WROV until 1991.  Jack returned to his home town in Delaware in the 1990s and produced a documentary which told the story of the “regular” American Bandstand dancers titled “Bandstand Days” in 1997 (Click on the above image to order).  Jack recently retired from Advance Auto and still visits the Roanoke Valley where he occasionally emcees events such as high school reunions.


Jack's last sign-off audio link

The above picture was taken of Jack doing "what he say's was his last record hop". He is wearing Fred Frelantz's WROV All-Stars basketball shirt. Don't count him out, if asked to do another hop, he'd grin and be glad to do it. Jack has taken on another project. He's written a book "Blue Skies and Green Lights": A Tale of Music and the magic of the '50s and '60s. It's about growing up, Bandstand, the Steel Pier, and WROV.



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