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Ron Rolland, former CBS 2 announcer, dies at 72

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CHICAGO (CBS) -- Ron Rolland, a broadcast announcer who spent several years with CBS 2, passed away last week.

Rolland, a Chicago native, died Wednesday, Sept. 13. He was 72.

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A graduate of Brother Rice High School and the University of Illinois, Rolland began working as a voiceover announcer and actor in the 1960s when he was a teenager.

Rolland was heard as the announcer for CBS 2's newscasts for much of the 1980s. His voice is heard in the CBS 2 talent open below from 1984, along with the classic Channel 2 News theme music by the Dick Marx Orchestra.

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Rolland has also been heard on other TV and radio stations in Chicago and beyond. He notably worked as ABC 7's main announcer in the 1990s and 2000s – but also did an assortment of commercial voiceovers, and was even one of the voice actors for Hubert the Harris Lion on Harris Bank spots.

Visitation for Rolland will be held on Wednesday.

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