Owens Lee Pomeroy

Owens Lee Pomeroy

Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 18 Jul 2008 (aged 78)
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Parkville, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 29994139 · View Source
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OWENS LEE POMEROY (Co-founder of the Golden Radio Buffs of MD), beloved husband of the late Ferne Ella Pomeroy (nee LeBrun), devoted father of Saundra Jordan and her companion Gregory Count Von Rothenburg om der Neissie, Deborah Howell and her companion Elliott Cummings, devoted father-in-law of the late Stanley Jordan and Danny Howell, dear grandfather of Stacey Sharpe and Shelbi Howell. Also survived by several other loving relatives and friends.

He was an engraver by trade, but lectured about old time radio in schools & colleges: Owens Pomeroy will be remembered for starting the Golden Radio Buffs of Maryland, a club with hundreds of members around the country that preserves & performs recreations of radio shows from the 1920's-50's. Pomeroy passed away in his hometown of Baltimore. He was 78.

From Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - July 20, 2008

Deceased Name: OWENS POMEROY

In February 1972, Owens Pomeroy and five of his friends gathered around Mr. Pomeroy's dining room table to find a way to preserve the "Golden Age of Radio."

Two of the men decided to form a club and named themselves and four others the "founding fathers" of the Golden Radio Buffs of Maryland, now thought to be the oldest active radio club in the country. Mr. Pomeroy, one of those two co-founders, died of heart failure Friday at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, leaving behind a legacy of old-time radio preservation. He was 78.

Although founded in Baltimore, the Golden Radio Buffs have attracted members from around the country, developing a following through their Web site.

Mr. Pomeroy was a native Baltimorean who was originally from Hampden but was living in Dundalk at the time of his death. He was a retired engraver and worked for Stieff Silver and Samuel Kirk & Son in Baltimore. He had also been an amateur actor with the Vagabond Players theater group in Baltimore and did some other community theater, but spent much of his time on old-time radio.

Among the Golden Radio Buffs' celebrity members were Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

"Gene Leitner, the other co-founder, called him and said, 'We ought to start a club to preserve old-time radio,'" said one of Mr. Pomeroy's daughters, Saundra Pomeroy-Jordan of Baltimore. "That's how they actually got started. It's really grown from a core group of six guys around a dining room table."

Members of the club, which is now a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers, do live re-creations of old-time radio programs from the 1920s to 1950s. The members also keep memorabilia of radio shows and maintain a radio library where enthusiasts can borrow recordings of shows such as The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Stella Dallas and soap operas.

The club's mission is to "recognize the many contributions of the radio stations, the broadcasts and the on-air and behind-the-scenes personalities who brought us the news, drama, comedy, music and other aspects of radio from the 1920s through 1950s," according to its Web site.

The Buffs had an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in the 1970s and 1980s, and the museum still has memorabilia in one of its galleries, including old microphones and radios.

The club now has hundreds of members, according to its Web site, and the Golden Radio Buffs Radio Players of Maryland perform re-creations of popular radio shows from the 1920s through 1950s. Its most recent performance was a re-creation of the radio show The Goldbergs in May.

He married Ferne Pomeroy in 1953. She died two years ago."My father had a radio show of big band music on WBJC called Sounds like Yesterday," Mrs. Pomeroy-Jordan said. "He knew all the big local radio personalities, ... most of the local radio guys who have been around a while," she said. "All the old guys from WBAL are all Golden Radio Buffs."

Mrs. Pomeroy-Jordan said her father lived for old-time radio and movies and had few other hobbies.

"I can remember, even way back in the '60s before he had the club, he had a reel-to-reel tape recorder, and after supper, us kids were so excited because we would listen to the old-time radio programs," she said.

Mr. Pomeroy lectured about old-time radio at schools and colleges in his free time. During those lectures, he would play segments of popular radio shows and ask students to write down their interpretations.

"He had something very interesting that he said - he would end his lectures with, 'Television stretches the imagination, but only to the size of the picture tube,'" Mrs. Pomeroy-Jordan said. "Being his daughter, I'm in the club. We're trying to keep his legacy going. He was just trying to keep that part of the media alive."

Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave. in Essex. Interment is to follow immediately at Moreland Memorial Park in Parkville.

In addition to Mrs. Pomeroy-Jordan, Mr. Pomeroy is survived by another daughter, Deborah Howell of Baltimore, and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Pomeroy.

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