In advance of their last Rose Parade telecast together, Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards were the honorees at the last Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters celebrity luncheon on November 13 in the Sportsmen’s Lodge Empire Ballroom.
Nearly every year since 1982, Eubanks and Edwards have added their distinct color commentary and humor in describing the annual Rose Parade to viewers of KTLA and other audiences in the U.S. and around the world through the American Forces Network. The pair has announced that the 2016 telecast will be their last.
Bob Eubanks has been a broadcasting veteran for many years, both on radio and television. He is perhaps best known for hosting the popular game show “The Newly Wed Game,” which has been on and off TV since 1966.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Bob grew up primarily in Pasadena. He became one of Southern California’s most popular radio disc jockeys after he was graduated from high school, first on KACY in Oxnard in 1956, then to KRLA in Pasadena, where he became the long-running 6 to 9 p.m. program host.
Bob also produced live music concerts and did the first Beatles Hollywood Bowl concert in 1964, plus concerts by the Rolling Stones. An avid horseman, Bob is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and as such has been able to contribute detailed information about the many horseback elements in each Rose Parade.
Stephanie Edwards was born in Kenyon, Minnesota, and began her career as an actress. She became widely known in Southern California as co-host with the late Ralph Story of “AM Los Angeles.” She co-hosted ABC-TV’s “AM America” with Bill Beutel, the forerunner to “Good Morning America. In 1979, Stephanie was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her show “Everyday.” She also was the longtime commercial spokesperson for Lucky supermarkets throughout California until their merge with Albertsons in 1998.
Regarding their decision to leave their responsibilities on the Rose Parade telecasts, Stephanie is quoted as saying: “I realize that I am tired of hearing my own voice. And we really did not get asked to leave – this time. I have talked for a living since 1970 and I need to stop talking.” She said that she will enjoy the time watching the parade with her husband of 40 years along with everyone else.
Pictured Below seated left to right: Dave Hull, Honorees Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards, Sam Rubin and PPB Chairman of the Board, Jeanne DeVivier Brown. Standing, left to right: Tom LaBonge, PPB President Alan Perris, Joe Quasarano and Arnold Shapiro. Not pictured: Steve Perry (Don Graham photo)