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Who Jack Reno
When November 1, 2008
Where Florence, KY
What Jack Reno, Famed singer, radio host dies at 72
 

Country music singer and radio personality Jack Reno died Saturday (November 1) of brain cancer at his home.

He enjoyed an illustrious career that included performances with country music stars Waylon Jennings, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Charlie Pride, Red Foley and Grandpa Jones. He performed on "Ozark Jubilee" in Springfield, Mo., and "Midwestern Hayride" in Cincinnati. He made six appearances on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Mr. Reno, 72, recorded seven albums and dozens of singles, many of which made it to the country music chart.

He also served nine years as a deputy sheriff in Boone County.

He wrote several songs, including "Mexican Joe" and "Tijuana," which was recorded by Jim Reeves.

In 1960, he was inducted into the Army while working as a disc jockey at KCKN-AM in Kansas City. As a sergeant in communications, he broadcast music for soldiers in the base hospital.

While in the Army he was given a record contract and recorded the singles "Blue" and "My Knees Turn to Jelly." Both songs made the chart with "Blue" becoming a Top 20 record. He later recorded "Repeat after Me," which climbed to No. 5 on the chart.

Mr. Reno was also hired to appear in a movie called "From Nashville with Love."

Mr. Reno moved to Sharonville in 1969, where he helped start the country music station WUBE-FM (105.1), according to his wife, Beverly. He also had shows on WSAI-AM (1530) and WLW-AM (700).

Music Mirror magazine named him America's greatest disc jockey in 1967. In 1978, the Country Music Association named him top country disc jockey for markets larger than 500,000. He received the honor on CBS-TV's awards show in Nashville.

Mr. Reno was working in radio in Bismarck, N.D., in 1985 when he decided to retire from radio and return to Greater Cincinnati.

Hired by Boone County Sheriff Elmer Wright in 1989, he served as a deputy providing service of process out of the county courthouse in Burlington. He retired in 1999.

He was a member of Hopeful Lutheran Church in Florence, the Florence Elks, Plato Masonic Lodge F&AM and the Country Music Association.

Besides his wife, Beverly Anderson Reno, survivors include: two sons, Randy, of Florence, and Gary, of Geneva, Ill.; two daughters, LuAnn Heston of Las Vegas, Nev., and Sheila Howe of Florence; a sister, Judith Augspurger of Bloomfield; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hopeful Lutheran Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road. The funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday (November 6, 2008) at the church. Mr. Reno's remains have been cremated.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the Jack Harris Reno Memorial Fund, c/o any Huntington Bank.

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Contact Rebecca Goodman
Cincinnati Enquirer


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