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Tom York was born in Holland, Missouri but grew up in Florence, Alabama. He served in the Navy as an aviation radioman-gunner during World War II. Tom York graduated from the University of North Alabama and spent eight years in radio in North Alabama.
In 1957, he joined WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama as their sports director. He also originated the Tom York Morning Show (maybe America's first and longest running one hour local talk show) which was on the air for 32 years. He retired form WBRC-TV in 1989.
Tom York began working with the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1968. He wrote, produced and emceed the ASHOF induction banquet for 27 years. His book is based on all the scripts he kept from these induction banquetsIn 1996, he was inducted into the ASHOF.
Tom York was awarded an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1995.