Jack Gregson, who took the place of Bill Stern and handles the blow-by-blow commentary and commercials for “The Saturday Night Fights” over the ABC-TV Network, has spent 22 of his 34 years in radio and television.
When Gregson was a youngster he contracted sleeping sickness and had to start learning to walk all over again. His Dad built a small gym in their home and set up a ring for him. It was through Louie Taylor (known as The Great), a former sparring partner of Jack Dempsey’s (he worked with him for the Shelby fight), that young Jack first became interested in boxing. He never lost that love for the game. Taylor also handled and worked with Tiger Jack Fox and Fred Lenhardt (sic).
Gregson got into radio at the age of 12 when he wrote, produced and directed a school program in which he starred. The show was sponsored for four years by a Spokane, Wash., dairy, ending when Gregson graduated and left for college.
He attended Muran State College where he fought in Pacific Coast competition and advanced to regional competition in the Golden Gloves.
Cutting short his college education, Gregson went to Station KDYL in Salt Lake City and within a year he was emceeing 12 audience shows a week. In 1939 he transferred to San Francisco where he presided over a half dozen sponsored shows. In 1941 Gregson had six coast-to-coast programs a night.
He served four years as a flight officer in the Army Air Force, which assigned him to South Pacific service. In 1949 Gregson emceed a program, “Auctionaire,” over a television network from New York. For almost a year he commuted weekly between his West Coast radio and East Coast video programs.
Gregson, a capable and likeable young man, who could pass for a matinee idol, also took a turn at acting and played a featured role in Paramount’s “Submarine Command,” with William Holden and Bill Bendix.
One of the many points in Gregson’s favor as a television boxing announcer is that, unlike so many others in the field, he is thoroughly acquainted with the sport. He had a successful amateur career and knows what he’s talking about.
Gregson, who deserves the good break he got, is flying high in more ways than one. He uses his own plane to get to and from out-of-town cities where “The Saturday Night Fights” telecasts emanate each week.
The Ring Magazine, Dec. 1953, pp. 30-31.
Gregson later became a television game show host. And he was the early 1960s “morning guy” for Philadelphia’s WPEN-950 radio station.