Actor. Announcer. Program director. Children’s show host. Sales manager. In his fifty years in radio and television, Daryl Laub defined versatility.
His career began in radio at KOBH Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1943. He returned to the Twin Cities to join WLOL in 1945, and also acted at Theatre in the Round. He moved to Tennessee in 1946, working at WLAC Nashville and KNOX Knoxville before starting a new station, WJJM, in Lewisburg. After a stint at KMBC Kansas City, he came back to the Twin Cities in 1949 and joined WMIN and its experimental FM broadcasts before moving to WTCN Radio and TV as an announcer, actor, and children’s show pioneer. He created his award-winning characters, “Skipper Daryl” and the clown “J.P. Patches” in 1953 at WTCN TV (now KARE TV), renaming them “Captain Daryl” and “T.N. Tatters” when he moved to KSTP TV in 1955. He worked in sales for the Niemer Agency, KSTP Radio, and United Artists Television in the 1960s before moving to what is now KQRS Radio, where he served as salesman, sales manager, and station manager for nearly thirty years before retiring in 1993.