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The sound of 'Laugh-In's' Gary Owens was the sound of Los Angeles
The sound of 'Laugh-In's' Gary Owens was the sound of Los Angeles

The sound of Gary Owens, the announcer and voice artist who died Thursday at home in Encino, was a sound of Los Angeles in the 1960s and '70s: classic and customized, finely tuned and casually flamboyant, like a pinstriped suit on the one hand and a pinstriped car on the other. Before and after and alongside his best-known role, as the on-camera announcer for NBC's "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," he was on local radio, KFWB and KMPC, back when radio helped define a city, before the rise of corporate programmers and syndicated packages. It was a medium that was friendly to eccentrics, to running gags and recurring casts of oddballs; it gave you the sense that...

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