Talk Media Industry Mourns Passing of Mike Wallace. Mike Wallace, the American journalist, game show host, media personality, and icon of the television show 60 Minutes, died Sunday (4/8) at the age of 93.
Wallace’s first job in radio was as newscaster / writer for WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This job lasted until 1940 when he joined WXYZ Radio in Detroit, Michigan, as an announcer. He then went on to become a freelance radio worker in Chicago, Illinois.
After a few years in the navy, Wallace returned to radio announcing for the radio action shows Ned Jordan, Secret Agent, Sky King and The Green Hornet. Wallace also announced wrestling in Chicago in the late 1940s and early 1950s, while also working as a staff announcer for the CBS radio network. In the erarly 1950’s, he co-hosted the radio talk show “Mike and Buff” with his then-wife Buff Cobb.
Bob Schieffer of Face the Nation, reported that Wallace died in Connecticut, where he resided, at 8:00pm on April 7, 2012, surrounded by family.