Bob Courtney

Bob Courtney (25 October 1922 – 24 October 2010) was a British-born South African actor and broadcaster. Courtney appeared in more than twenty film roles and worked as an on-air presenter and broadcaster on Springbok Radio. Additionally, Courtney co-founded Radio Today in 1996. Courtney was born Christopher Robert Courtney Leaver on 25 October 1922, in Dorset, England. Courtney successfully studied to be an accountant. Courtney, a self taught pianist, was drafted into the Royal Air Force's entertainment corps as an entertainer during World War II. Courtney served as an RAF entertainer in North Africa, Greece and Italy. He met two South African entertainers, Siegfried Mynhardt and Uys Krige, in Rome, Italy, near the end of World War II. Krige and Mynhardt persuaded Courtney to move from Britain to South Africa. Courtney emigrated to South Africa in 1946 and began working at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in 1947 using the shortened name, Bob Courtney. He hosted many of the SABC's most well known radio shows during the 1940s. In 1950, Courtney began hosting the Welcome Little Stranger children's show on the now defunct Springbok Radio.


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